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The Moon to Mars Plan: A possibility or fantasy?

The Moon to Mars Plan: A possibility or fantasy?

President Bush placed the Mars missions high in his budgeting for the United States’ government, but when the budget grew tighter, cuts had to be made. The president, however, still strove to make Mars exploration possible. Although the Martian Rovers are continually discovering new information about the red planet, human trips still seem a thing of the distant future. But with Bush’s new plans, a trip from the Moon to Mars might make the expedition more possible.

Called the Vision for Space Exploration, the new plan works to “implement a sustained and affordable human and robotic program to explore the solar system and beyond; extend human presence across the solar system, starting with a human return to thee Moon by the year 2020, in preparation for human exploration of Mars and other destinations; develop the innovative technologies, knowledge, and infrastructures both to explore and to support decisions about the destinations for human exploration; and promote international and commercial participation in exploration to further U.S. scientific, security, and economic interests” . NASA plans to delegate certain tasks in order to complete their goals, though their plan lays out a specific implementation for flights to the moon. Their four-part plan spans three decades, slowly expanding exploration out over the solar system. Firstly, NASA focuses on the International Space Station and returning the Space Shuttle back to usage in space flight. Then, by 2008, NASA plans to “initiate a series of robotic missions to the Moon to prepare for and support future human exploration activities”, culminating in an extended human expedition to the Moon somewhere between 2015 and ...

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...anets and learning more about the solar system around us.

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The Vision for Space Exploration. February 2004. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters, Washington D.C. 26 October 2004. <http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/55583main_vision_space_exploration2.pdf>.

Wheeler, Larry. “House Budget Panel Deals Setback NASA’s Moon-Mars Plans”. Florida Today. 21 July 2004. 26 October 2004. <http://www.space.com/news/nasa_budget_040720.html>.

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