Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal

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Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal
Where is NASA going? Expert panel says space agency isn't quite sure, needs clear goals
By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Associated Press – 12 mins ago




WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA is adrift without a coherent vision for where it should be going, an independent panel of space, science and engineering experts says.

But the report by the National Academy of Sciences doesn't blame the space agency. It faults the president, Congress and the nation for not giving NASA clear direction. At the same time, the report said NASA is doing little to further the stated goal of the White House to send astronauts to a nearby asteroid.

Panel member Bob Crippen, a retired NASA manager and astronaut who piloted the first space shuttle mission, said he has never seen the space agency so adrift. He said that includes the decade between the end of the Apollo moon landings and the beginning of the space shuttle program.

"I think people (at NASA) want to be focused a little more and know where they are going," Crippen told The Associated Press.

President Barack Obama in 2010 told the space agency to plan to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 as a training ground for an eventual Mars landing. But the 80-page report from the national academy and its authors say that there is little support for that idea within NASA and the international space community. Also, NASA hasn't allocated much money for it. Nor has it done much to locate an asteroid target. The agency's vague strategic plan avoids mention of an asteroid mission.

Crippen said an asteroid mission just doesn't make sense, technically or politically.

"I hate to use the word credible, but people don't buy it," said academy panel member Marcia Smith, president of Space and Technology Policy Group. "They don't feel that the asteroid mission is the right one."

NASA chief spokesman David Weaver said in an emailed statement that the agency has clear and challenging goals.
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Well after getting defunded... no wonder.....I would concentrate on getting back to the moon establishing a base, and using it as a launching platform for other endeavors.
I think I was 2 the last time we went to the moon...Why? Technologies have advanced...it should be much less of a problem to get there 40 years later.
 

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Well after getting defunded... no wonder.....I would concentrate on getting back to the moon establishing a base, and using it as a launching platform for other endeavors.
I think I was 2 the last time we went to the moon...Why? Technologies have advanced...it should be much less of a problem to get there 40 years later.
Propulsion technology hasn't advanced. Explosion in one direction makes spaceship go in the other. Until Harold White gets his head out of his ass regarding warp drive I don't think we'll be going anywhere.
 

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Propulsion technology hasn't advanced. Explosion in one direction makes spaceship go in the other. Until Harold White gets his head out of his ass regarding warp drive I don't think we'll be going anywhere.
Thank you for making me look this up. I like to read about this stuff.