Skip to comments.Space program must reach the moon, Mars and beyond
Posted on 02/01/2004 11:30:09 PM PST by Cincinatus' WifeEdited on 05/07/2004 6:12:58 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
A new chapter in the history of exploration and discovery is upon us, one that will define us as a people and, more broadly, as a civilization.
President's Bush announced a bold new direction for the nation in his Jan. 14 speech at NASA headquarters. The message can be summarized in his concluding statement: "We do not know where this journey will end. Yet we know this: Human beings are headed into the cosmos."
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Carleton S. "Carly" Fiorina, the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will serve on the nine-member commission. HP has previously sponsored Disney's new SPACE ride and a robotic lunar mission by TransOrbital Inc.
The new team also includes prominent Mars researcher Maria Zuber of MIT, planetary scientist Paul Spudis of Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist, book author and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
The Presidential Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy is to be headed by former Air Force Secretary Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Bush had said Jan. 14 when he presented his plan for refocusing NASA's human spaceflight activities.
Other members of the commission: Michael P. Jackson of Virginia, Laurie Ann Leshin of Arizona, Lester L. Lyles of Ohio and Robert Smith Walker of Pennsylvania.
The panel will advise the White House on what sort of science agenda should be considered for the Moon and other destinations as well as what human and robotic missions should be conducted to achieve Bush's vision.
The president said robots would return to the Moon around 2008, followed by the first humans by 2020. A permanent lunar base would then serve as a test bed to prepare for the first human mission to Mars. Bush outlined a pay-as-you-go approach, rather than asking for Apollo-era increases in the NASA budget.
The first budget request containing specifics related to the new plan is due out this week, when the 2005 budget request from the White House is presented. Officials say NASA's portion of the $2.2 trillion federal budget will be $16.2 billion in 2005, up from $15.5 billion in 2004. Some $1.09 billion of the new request will be targeted at fulfilling the Bush vision. Eventually, more money will be redirected from the space shuttle and international space station programs.
The 2005 budget request, as well as the components of the president's plan, must be approved by Congress for NASA to pursue the lofty goals.
The president said during his Jan. 14 speech that the new commission would advise him on the details for carrying out the vision and that continual revision of NASA's spaceflight plans would be made as costs were evaluated and technology developed.
The team members will consider which technologies to employ and how, strategically, to use resources on the Moon to accomplish the goals of extending the human presence in space, according to a White House statement.
"The most appropriate and effective roles for potential private sector and international participants" must also be weighed, Bush said in the statement, as well "methods for optimizing space exploration activities to encourage the interest of America's youth in studying and pursuing careers in mathematics, science, and engineering."
NASA is to fund the commission and provide administrative support. The members will serve without pay but will have their travel and other expenses covered. They are to report to the president within 120 days of their first meeting, according to a White House press statement.
The commission has been instructed to solicit views and opinions from the public, academia, and industry. [End]
The commencement of the year 2004 marked the beginning of a pivotal election year. Bush's term in office has been marked with tragedy, war and controversy. Before November, Bush and the Democratic nominee will vie for leadership of this country. The space exploration program Bush proposes serves as a smoke-screen for the problems he has created in this country and as a ploy for re-election this fall.
Space exploration is necessary, but not on the scale that is proposed for today. The heavens will be there for us tomorrow. Today, the American people need to get involved and force their government to adopt a more benign foreign policy and cultivate cohesiveness amongst the world's nations. The domestic focus should aim to better the conditions and standard of living of its citizens, pay off the budget deficit, and fund scientific exploration geared toward protecting the resources and people of our Earth, before looking up to explore (exploit?) the heavens.
Daphne LaBua is a Sophomore majoring in Political Science
FACT: Congress would never fund a manned mission to Mars to search for life. It's pure science.
FACT: Learning to use lunar resources to build an Earth-Moon highway has economic and national security implications. The Moon: NASA's Proving Ground for Mars Missions and Beyond
The 90 report was a NASA report, not an administration report.
The 90 Day Report killed the original SEI by putting forward a half-trillion dollar plan that didn't do much beyond "flags and footprints".
NASA's 30 year price tag killed the report. The dems and the LIBERAL media only look at 30 year totals when it's a GOP proposal.
Because they want Americans to be dumb, depressed, dependent and democrat.
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