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Rob Sumowski
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posted 01-08-2004 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Friends:

The CBS Evening News this evening brought word that President Bush is planning a "major space speech" next week "possibly including a return to the moon and a mission to Mars."

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! Could it be...?

Rob

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-08-2004 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Reuters:

quote:
Buoyed by a successful landing on Mars by a robot explorer, President Bush plans a major announcement on space policy next week that may lead to sending Americans back to the moon, congressional aides said on Thursday.

Skipping ahead...

quote:
He is expected to propose a new lunar initiative that could lead to a mission to Mars in the long term, said the sources, who asked to remain unidentified.

White House officials declined to comment. Bush is scheduled to be in Mexico Monday and Tuesday so any announcement would come after he returns.


AuthenticItems
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posted 01-08-2004 08:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthenticItems   Click Here to Email AuthenticItems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NBC says return to moon with a future base there as well...

BLACKARROW
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posted 01-08-2004 09:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like the sound of this!

AuthenticItems
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posted 01-09-2004 09:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthenticItems   Click Here to Email AuthenticItems     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/space/01/09/bush.space/index.html

tegwilym
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posted 01-09-2004 12:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So could this really happen?

Didn't father Bush give a similar speech when he was in office also?

Rizz
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posted 01-09-2004 01:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Isn't this an election year...?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-09-2004 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A reminder: this policy wasn't just developed by Bush -- it was developed over the last year, beginning with new impetus on February 2, 2003 by a multi-agency review board, including NASA, NOAA, the FAA, the NSF, and the DoD.

So this is not just another political announcement. It is the result of months of strategic review -- something that has not been done for NASA since the mid-70s when debates were held over the direction the shuttle would take. Say what you will of how that program (STS) turned out -- but the important thing for this discussion is that it did 'turn out'.

Too much time and energy has been spent on this to be just another campaign promise. Whatever shape this plan takes after its announcement, I highly doubt it will go away. NASA is in for a change...

Rizz
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posted 01-09-2004 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rizz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
NASA is in for a change...

We can all welcome that!

Glint
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posted 01-09-2004 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tegwilym:
So could this really happen?

Probably not during Bush's term[s]. But it may see completion under another administration.

To quote Howard Dean (who was speaking about balancing the budget), "I'll do it in the 6th or 7th year of my administration."

But iff that's the case then we may never see it.

Glint
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posted 01-09-2004 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Glint   Click Here to Email Glint     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
from the CNN link above:
(AP) -- If NASA returns astronauts to the moon and then takes aim at Mars, the agency will have to go back to the drawing board to get the job done. The rockets, equipment and engineers that put American footprints on lunar soil have long been lost, junked or retired.

I'm thinking of investing the $10k for the Apollo LM Panel - Contact Light on E-bay (http://collectspace.com/ubb/Forum14/HTML/000197.html). I may be able to sell it back to the government and make a profit.

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