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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. Armstrong turned on the cameras. These cameras transmitted images from the moon to over half a billion people on earth watching televisions ..."That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." For a few moments the world celebrated scientific achievement. It ignited a generation of us to aspire to the sciences for the betterment of mankind, that the scientist was indeed the 20th century adventurer and explorer of the universe. That poverty has always existed, that inflated if not aberr... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Tesla II on 11 April, 2013, 16:58
Many believe it is a massive waste to send humans when you can send robots for a hundredth of the cost, peform the same science and stay on the planet for extended periods of observation. Curiosity has done a massive amount of science in a very short time and by all indications, will be doing so for years. When the technology is advanced to the point that you can get people to Mars in a couple of months, land them for a month and get them back in a couple of months I say go but anything longer is dangerous, massively expensive and and a waste of time and money. Send robots to answer our questi... [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
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. 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 fund... [More]
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
what a surprise wait no I'm not!!! ???
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 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. I absolutely agree. Without a major breakthrough in propulsion systems, t... [More]
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
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. 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 my... [More]


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