Buzz Aldrin’s Plan for NASA

I’m in no mood to keep my mouth shut any longer when I see NASA heading down the wrong path. And that’s exactly what I see today. The ­agency’s current Vision for Space Exploration will waste decades and hundreds of billions of dollars trying to reach the moon by 2020—a glorified rehash of what we did 40 years ago. Instead of a steppingstone to Mars, NASA’s current lunar plan is a detour. It will derail our Mars effort, siphoning off money and engineering talent for the next two decades. If we aspire to a long-term human presence on Mars—and I believe that should be our overarching goal for the foreseeable future—we must drastically change our focus.

Here’s my plan, which I call the Unified Space Vision. It’s a blueprint that will maintain U.S. leadership in human spaceflight, avoid a counterproductive space race with China to be second back to the moon, and lead to a permanent American-led presence on Mars by 2035 at the latest. That date happens to be 66 years after Neil Armstrong and I first landed on the moon—just as our landing was 66 years after the Wright Brothers’ first flight.

via Buzz Aldrin’s Plan for NASA – Scrap Ares I, Fast-Track Orion and Colonize Mars – Popular Mechanics.

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2 thoughts on “Buzz Aldrin’s Plan for NASA”

  1. I would tend to agree – NASA is wasting time and money to go back to the moon again; leave it to China, India, et al to have second place.

    America needs to stretch it’s wings again and going to Mars would indeed be something, something that only America can accomplish first time round, something that only America is really only capable of doing.

    There is no glory in going back to the moon, so yes, leave it to the likes of China and India to have their belated accomplishments, leaving America to push on and reach out for Mars.

  2. Perhaps I’m short-sighted, but any human trip to Mars seems like a profound waste of money. That said, making it a one-way trip would certainly make a more compelling adventure. Radio latency would be only 23 minuntes at worst, so they could blog it 🙂

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