by President Barack Obama, the committee is led by retired aerospace
expert Norman Augustine, who is tasked with figuring out how to help
NASA overcome financial and technological issues.
financial disaster is so horrible for NASA, in fact, sending
astronauts anywhere further than the International Space Station is
impossible at the moment. Former astronaut Dr. Sally Ride said
NASA "just can't get there," when discussing the current
space administration. Furthermore, Dr. Ride noted she is
looking for space missions that could be successful with the current
The commission helped
create several mission plans NASA could embrace, but it's unknown
how viable each plan is at the moment. For example, commission
said existing military rockets could be modified to enter space,
space shuttle derivatives can transport astronauts and cargo into
space, or space fuel depots that can be used on longer-distance
missions in deep space.
Aside from necessary spending for
manned missions, the U.S. space agency also is under pressure to keep
funding the ISS past 2015. Regular Americans and space
experts alike both think it'd be a tragic waste of time and money to
simply stop supporting the ISS in such a short time span, especially
since it is expected to be finished later this year or in early
After possibly landing on the moon and constructing a
lunar base, NASA is expected to launch a manned mission towards
Mars. China, Russia, Japan, India, and the ESA currently have
lunar ambitions that include sending manned missions and lunar probes
to the moon over the next 15 years. China is expected to be the
next country to send astronauts back to the moon, as the country has
a large amount of resources it is willing to use for space
President Obama is expected to help find NASA
necessary funding to help develop the next-generation Orion
technology, while also helping the U.S. space agency outline a viable
plan over the next 20 years.
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