Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Visiting an Asteroid: What's the Point? : Discovery News

STS-125 Atlantis Liftoff 02Image via Wikipedia

Visiting an Asteroid: What's the Point? : Discovery News: "Recently, President Obama spoke at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to announce his new proposed direction for the US space agency: skip the moon, send man to a near-Earth asteroid (NEO) by the mid 2020's and use this new technological know-how to get humans to our ultimate goal -- Mars.

Although the reasons for landing astronauts on asteroids are sound, NASA's proposed redirection has been met with fierce opposition. Most of this opposition is purely political, but the message is clear: We're no closer to replacing the space shuttle and there's no clear incentive to support an expensive manned space program."