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Ares Tests Continue Despite NASA Uncertainty

26 Aug 2009, 19:29 UTC
Ares Tests Continue Despite NASA Uncertainty
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It seems that good news about NASA's future is very hard to come by these days. Although the development of the Constellation Program seems to be pushing ahead quite nicely, there are some huge (HUGE) question marks hanging over whether the space agency can deliver on its goal to get man back to the moon in a little over a decade...

That last sentence doesn't sit very comfortably for me; the words "back to the moon" have always been difficult to comprehend. After all, we 'did' the moon 40 years ago, but haven't created a human footprint in the lunar regolith since 1972. Why? Well, politics, mainly.

Modern-day NASA is the world's premier space agency, but unfortunately NASA lacks the money it needs to fulfil lofty plans set out by George W. Bush in 2004.

Announcing to the world that the USA will get back to the moon by 2020 is a great plan for an administration with a lifespan of 4 years, but unless it's backed up with continued (indeed, increased) funding and political will, any "vision" for space exploration will crumple and fail. Politics is, and always will be, short-sighted.

Unfortunately, that's what we're seeing at the moment. ...

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