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[i]MOONWARD: The Republican chairman of the House Space subcommittee is doubling down on his preference for NASA to prioritize returning astronauts to the Moon, even as the embattled agency continues promoting its asteroid-capture plans. Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.) told the ABA Forum on Air and Space Law in Washington June 6 that while the ultimate goal is landing humans on Mars, returning to the Moon is the logical next step. Why? "We have other countries that are aggressively pursuing space exploration programs, and the Moon is one of their specific destinations," he says. "And I would not like to wake up and have to explain why perhaps China is on the Moon with a permanent space presence and America is not."[/i]
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