Going back to stay, and the vision beyond

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“We’re going back, and this time we’re going to stay. This is the first step in settling the solar system.” These were the opening remarks at the NLSI Lunar Science Conference from Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames. In a time where the top NASA officials seems to be more interested in talking about politics, the statement from Pete Worden is refreshing. WIth two simple sentences he has set the long term course for US human space exploration, and clearly defined the ambitious and visionary goal that NASA Ames will work towards in the future.

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Taking the first steps a second time

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36 years have passed since we last saw humans walk on the Moon. Since then it has been quiet. What happened? How could we fly astronauts to the Moon in 1972, but not today? Why was the Apollo program cancelled? The tremendous costassociated with the Apollo program was certainly one major factor, and the focus within NASA shifted towards what they strongly believed would be the future: Reusable spacecraft. The massive Saturn 5 rockets were scrapped and the Space Shuttle took over.  To make a long story short: What followed was a complete focus on human access to low earth orbit for 30 years.

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