Report: NASA Needs More Money And Focus Before Sending People To Mars
WASHINGTON (CBS Tampa) – The long-term future of putting humans into space is in jeopardy, warns a new report, unless NASA shifts priorities and gets a lot more money.
Space.com says the National Research Council Committee on Human Spaceflight is urging the space agency’s managers to make big changes if they want to reach their goal of putting humans on Mars by the mid 2030s.
“If a change of mind on the part of enough people, if enough sufficient leadership cannot be summoned, then we don’t find Mars to be a realistic goal at all,” said former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, the committee’s co-chairman and current president of Purdue University.
The NRC committee said that in order to reach the Red Planet, NASA must move away from short-term budget concerns to stable and sustainable strategies.
One driver could be sending human beings to interim destinations, including the moon.
Right now NASA…
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