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NASA has no plans for manned Moon mission

Posted on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 | Comment icon 37 comments | News tip by: Asadora

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Administrator Charles Bolden has stated that there are no plans to send Americans back to the Moon.

Instead, NASA will be focusing on their 2025 manned asteroid mission with the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars. "NASA will not take the lead on a human lunar mission," said Bolden at a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. "NASA is not going to the moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime. And the reason is, we can only do so many things."

Bolden also emphasized that if the successor to Obama's administration makes any significant course changes in America's manned space program then "it means we are probably, in our lifetime, in the lifetime of everybody sitting in this room, we are probably never again going to see Americans on the moon, on Mars, near an asteroid, or anywhere. We cannot continue to change the course of human exploration."

"NASA chief Charles Bolden says the space agency won't be sending astronauts to land on the moon any time soon, according to press reports."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by highdesert50 on 11 April, 2013, 15:38
Harken back to the late sixties; the world celebrated the arrival of the first humans on the moon.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Tesla II on 11 April, 2013, 16:58
I disagree the biggest science achivement will be just that a human being on another planet. It is feasible pretty much now... only problem is people working on such ideas dont have enough money to make it happen. 40 years it was impossible to go the moon yet they went with ease for that matter... they came back and that was epic progress made in history... We can easily establish some sort of habitats on other planet, we would just need money... Bigelow airspace a private company is setting up their own space station while other gov. agencies struggle with everything that isnt robotics.. A... [More]
Comment icon #30 Posted by Zero Fox FK on 11 April, 2013, 18:53
The Moon seems like the perfect launch pad for future space missions, plus it probably also has a lot of resources we could use. It just seems weird for America to just let China or another country have it.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Merc14 on 11 April, 2013, 19:52
Nasa didn't say we weren't going, they just said they are not going to be the lead agency. If teh ESA wants to lead a mission =, or Japan he said we'd be glad to partner up. There are resources there and letting commercial ventures exploit it is a great way to asaccomplish harvesting theose resources. They'kll do it better and more efficiently than Nasa ever wouldand it frees up public funds to explore Mars and asteroids.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 11 April, 2013, 20:44
what a surprise wait no I'm not!!!
Comment icon #33 Posted by Merc14 on 11 April, 2013, 21:16
Comment icon #34 Posted by skookum on 12 April, 2013, 10:11
I think what must be frustrating for NASA is the lack of progress in propulsion systems. When the moon landings were taking place many people thought that space travel would be an everyday thing by now. We do less now than they did then. The same limitations in fuel loads and weight still exist virtually unchanged. I believe the future of space travel depends on better and more efficient systems which should be made a priority rather than sending men to the moon on 30 year old technology. The money would be better spent.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2013, 12:54
I absolutely agree. Without a major breakthrough in propulsion systems, these things all remain dangerous, highly speculative endeavors with huge price tags.
Comment icon #36 Posted by dj_nubla on 12 April, 2013, 14:09
It is obvious that there's truth to the rumor that we were warned before by aliens NOT to go back to the moon because that's theirs. It's their base. US Government cannot use the funding as an excuse because it is more expensive to send man to Mars. During those trips to the moon before, it was revealed they discovered bases and spaceships there.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2013, 14:18
Uhh, it isn't an obvious truth to the rumor, aliens said nothing to anyone about anything and there were no bases discovered because there aren't any as proven by the many satellites that orbit the moon. Moon bases aren't a rumor either, they are a myth, a made-up story for the easily fooled to specuklate about. Choosing not to lead a mission to the moon is a simple matter of budgeting in a constrained economic period which simply means we can't afford to do everything and we have been to the moon before so we intend on spending our limited resources to get to Mars. We... [More]

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