14, 2004 President Bush
announced a new vision for NASA, the U.S. government space agency,
including further manned exploration of the moon by 2020 and a
commitment to send people to Mars after that. A presidential
commission produced a report on "The Moon, Mars, and Beyond." Is
this a realistic goal? Can the federal government affod to do
it? Will it have the necessary political support? Should NASA be
the one to do it?
(Some Mars enthusiasts believe going to Mars should be done by private
industry, not a federal agency).