Vision for Space Exploration

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Vision for Space Exploration

NASA's main plan for its future and the future of US space exploration in the early 21st century. It emerged in a speech made by President George W. Bush on Jan. 14 2004, in which he ‘set a new course for America's space program.’ The Vision program outlined a ‘building-block’ strategy of human and robotic missions, commencing with the return of the space shuttle to regular service following the loss of Columbia in Feb. 2003 and the completion of the International Space Station. The program calls for the return of humans to the Moon by 2020 and seeks to pave the way for human missions to explore Mars and beyond.
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Bush's late-1980s Moon-Mars initiative, which foundered because of its over-ambitious scope and lack of political support.
At the same time that President Bush is cutting, terminating, or failing to fully fund R & D programs with demonstrated effectiveness in creating jobs and wealth in this country, he is proposing a manned Moon-Mars initiative at NASA that is likely to yield little benefit to the nation.
University of Arizonain Tucson and some other astronomers contend that the real reason for cutting Hubble short is to save money for the moon-Mars initiative.