AirSpare From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 589 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2073 times:
Hell, I'd like to see a coherent policy come out of NASA.
In order of preference:
1. Send Bush to the ISS.
2. Decommission and abandon the ISS, (leave Bush there), it's a money drain.
3. Permanent presence on the moon prior to 2020.
4. First human on Mars-2020.
5. Manned exploration of the solar system from 2020 onwards.
America and the Apollo program showed the world what a committed nation could accomplish. Our present space exploration program is a sad sack of shit without national leadership, vision, or clearly defined goals. That being said, there is clearly outstanding science being performed, but I fear my country is waning, when somebody looting beer after a hurricane is more news worthy then two robot rovers on the surface of Mars, well, you can dismiss this culture as reaching it's end.
Futurecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2056 times:
Permanent moon base is what I would like to see in the next 10 years.
There we can test alot of techniques such as setting up buildings for living that can be used on Mars. It's relatively close so in an emergency our astronauts arn't far from home and it would be easy to resupply. I think a permanent moon base is a logical first step to going to Mars.