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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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By boeush on 4/8/2013 5:00:51 PM , Rating: 2
Liberals aren't the ones in Congress slashing every budget they can get their hands on.

FYI, Congress is in charge of the purse strings; the President can at best make requests and recommendations.

By Manch on 4/8/2013 5:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
Lighten the f#ck up! Oh wait you wont because you don't want to go to the moon!

By Reclaimer77 on 4/8/2013 10:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Man you are stupid.

By FITCamaro on 4/9/2013 8:33:48 AM , Rating: 2
No just the defense budget since they think that is the root of all our problems. Nevermind that even if we completely eliminated the DoD, we'd still be running an annual deficit that would still only increase as welfare roles continue to increase and as things like Obamacare come into full effect next year.

By boeush on 4/9/2013 7:19:25 PM , Rating: 2
All of that having what, exactly, in common with NASA's budget?

Maybe you think NASA is (or needs to be) tied at the hip to the DoD, or that their respective budgets are somehow comparable? Like, DoD's $525 Billion (requested for 2013) - which does not include "Overseas Contingency Operations" - is somehow in the same league as the $~18 Billion (all-in) for NASA?

DoD/welfare/retirement/disability/health care and even the entire budget deficit are all irrelevant tangents here, completely off-topic. NASA's budget is virtually insignificant next to any of these things. When it comes to funding NASA it's not about fiscal discipline or lack thereof; it's really all about whether anyone actually cares (and apparently, few if any in either branch of federal government and/or either face of our two-faced political system, really give a damn...)

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