The public meetings and media reports about the Human Space Flight Plans Committee, a 10-member advisory panel appointed at the request of President Obama, indicate that NASA’s mission is about to change. It needs to.
For the past five decades, NASA has concentrated on exploration of our solar system. It has done a marvelous job. We have tremendous knowledge about virtually all the nearby planets and satellites, and great detail on the moon and Mars. While much has been learned from the manned space program, the scientific return from robotic spacecraft has yielded much more information about our solar system.
NASA officials believe the manned space program, which is allocated the great majority of the agency’s funding, is what attracts public interest and helps support the agency overall.… Seguir leyendo »