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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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RE: International Moon Base?
By delphinus100 on 4/8/2013 8:15:37 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. Perhaps an argument can be made for sending oxygen produced from the Lunar regolith (effectively unlimited...the O2 in the ice there may or may not be too rare, and too valuable for life support right there) for chemical rocket oxidizer, life support, and commercial/industrial purposes back in Earth orbit...but that's all.

The Moon has its own reasons for permanent human habitation, but you don't go down into one gravity well, in order to reach another. Assembling and staging deep-space flights is what LEO is for. And utilizing local resources for your mission, if you can, is what you do at the destination, not through a detour.

RE: International Moon Base?
By ghost49x on 4/12/2013 12:11:09 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, to build a large space faring craft we would need some sort of space dock in orbit. But so far there are other obstacles preventing us from exploring our solar system using a manned vessel. Space Radiation being a big one.

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