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Charles Bolden  (Source: nasa.gov)
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden doesn't see the point of another trip to the moon

There seems to be some differences in opinion around NASA concerning whether the goal of human space exploration should be to land on an asteroid or take another trip to the moon.

The Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board held a meeting in Washington last week, where the topic of asteroid vs. moon took place.

Al Carnesale of UCLA said there wasn't much enthusiasm for an asteroid landing since its initial announcement. It's been almost three years since President Barack Obama officially released plans to land on an asteroid by 2025. 

“Since it was announced, there was less enthusiasm for it among the community broadly,” said Carnesale. “The more we learn about it, the more we hear about it, people seem less enthusiastic about it.”
 
“There’s a great deal of enthusiasm, almost everywhere, for the Moon. I think there might be, if no one has to swallow their pride and swallow their words, and you can change the asteroid mission a little bit… it might be possible to move towards something that might be more of a consensus.”

However, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden disagrees. He said that NASA will gladly participate if another nation agrees to lead a human lunar landing, but NASA will not plan one of its own. 

“They all have dreams of putting human on the Moon,” said Bolden. “I have told every head of agency of every partner agency that if you assume the lead in a human lunar mission, NASA will be a part of that. NASA wants to be a participant.”
 
“NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission. NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime. And the reason is, we can only do so many things.”

Bolden believes NASA should stick to the plan of sending humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030. 

“We intend to do that, and we think it can be done," said Bolden. 

Source: Space Politics



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Of course no moon...
By techxx on 4/8/2013 2:55:57 PM , Rating: 2
Everyone knows they don't want to go back to the moon because it's impossible! :O




RE: Of course no moon...
By Articuno on 4/8/2013 3:00:11 PM , Rating: 1
I'd say that not actually landing on the moon the first time is fairly valid at this point. There's a significant amount of controversy over it (NASA "taped over" the greatest achievement in human history?) and not changing the mission because "we said no" is pretty suspect.


RE: Of course no moon...
By FITCamaro on 4/8/2013 3:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah and we just planted that flag, the lunar rover, and what's left of the return vehicle on the moon to make it seem legit. Seriously people.

/facepalm


RE: Of course no moon...
By Articuno on 4/8/2013 3:11:43 PM , Rating: 2
So then why are they so reluctant to show us those things again? Everybody wants to see them, because you know, they "taped over" the most important event to ever occur in 250,000 years.


RE: Of course no moon...
By FITCamaro on 4/8/2013 3:46:35 PM , Rating: 2
Might be true if the world had been around that long.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/07/16/us-nasa-...

How is it not available? And why do you think NASA isn't capable of the same levels of incompetence as the rest of the government?


RE: Of course no moon...
By Manch on 4/8/2013 3:54:27 PM , Rating: 2
You bring up a good point. Incompetence isn't new. For example, what happened to most of the footage from D-Day? They gave it to an Lt. to bring back. His dumbass dropped it in the ocean and ruined the film. So was an Lt in charge of the moon landing footage as well? If only a Sgt had been there instead...


RE: Of course no moon...
By Ammohunt on 4/8/2013 4:12:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
If only a Sgt had been there instead...

No kidding! someone that actually works and serves a purpose in the military.


RE: Of course no moon...
By M'n'M on 4/8/2013 4:00:30 PM , Rating: 2
What about all the other tapes from other Apollo missions that weren't lost ? What about the broadcast TV (and tapes of it) I saw ? If you're not going to believe those then how in the world would NASA "claiming" that these tapes were from the SSTV during Apollo 11 make any difference to you ?

Not to mention all the evidence we can get today to show what happened back then actually happened. The whole Moon-landings-are-a-hoax cult says something about some people ... and it ain't complementary !


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