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Fraser
2008-Feb-19, 03:00 PM
A panel of 50 space experts met recently to discuss NASA’s current direction with its Vision for Space Exploration. While the conference, “Examining the Vision: Balancing Science and Exploration” was seemingly billed as forum for discussing alternatives to the moon/Mars vision, attendees endorsed NASA’s current direction and then concluded what anyone with [...]

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trinitree88
2008-Feb-24, 04:14 PM
A panel of 50 space experts met recently to discuss NASA’s current direction with its Vision for Space Exploration. While the conference, “Examining the Vision: Balancing Science and Exploration” was seemingly billed as forum for discussing alternatives to the moon/Mars vision, attendees endorsed NASA’s current direction and then concluded what anyone with [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2008/02/19/space-program-at-risk-panel-says/)

Fraser. Agreed. An international effort to go to Mars would be sensational, with or without moonbase as stepping stone. But, as a betting man I'll lay odds the Chinese will beat us there by skipping the moon, before the international political will arises. Let's see ....two canolis and a cup of coffee. pete

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-24, 08:58 PM
Oh dear...

JustAFriend
2008-Feb-25, 01:38 AM
The late Carl Sagan gave the rallying cry in Cosmos, using a quote from the early Russian rocket designer, Konstantin Eduardovitch Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935):

"The Earth is the cradle, but we cannot live forever in a cradle"

While a good percentage of us, mostly sci-fi and astronomy buffs, lifted our fists and cried "Lets get off this rock", the vast majority of the mundanes out there just don't care.

They're happy to live out their lives, watch the football games and raise their kids thinking that everything's just been peachy forever and will always be just fine.

....you have to convince them first that there's more to be found out there than there is here first.....

Noclevername
2008-Feb-25, 06:15 PM
So how much influence does this panel have, and what are the odds Congress/the Joe Average voting public will hear their report?