Friday, August 1, 2014

The United States are leaders in human space exploration

Ask men on Mars

"The United States are leaders in human space exploration for over 50 years and our activities in Earth orbit with our partners come to an end with the completion of the ISS," said Jonathan Lunine, director of Center for Space Research at Cornell University, co-chair of the committee that wrote the report. "As a nation, we must decide now how we engage in manned space exploration beyond Earth orbit in a sustainable manner," he adds.

"Among the small number of possible destinations, as a return to the Moon, the most remote and difficult is to put men on Mars, what should be our goal ultimate result. All space programs of our potential partners are working towards this goal, "said the scientist. But to advance human exploration of deep space take decades and hundreds of billions of dollars, the report says.

Cooperate with China

Although the authors do not make specific budget recommendation, they feel that there is no opportunity to go to Mars with current American budget. "Our committee concluded that any human exploration program will require not only an adequate budget, but also support the leadership of the nation," insists Mitchell Daniels, president of Purdue University, co-chair of the committee of experts in the critic of President Barack Obama and Congress. "Such a commitment can not change direction with each election, because our leaders are essential to the implementation of sustainable investment activities in human spaceflight," Judge said.