Christian Science Monitor has an article up on their online edition featuring the top nine priorities for planetary exploration as expressed by the National Research Council. Perhaps the National Research Council should have cross-checked with the bean counters at NASA before they went to press with this info, as the top priority of a joint EU/US mission to Mars is already in jeopardy.
Europa or bust? Maybe not. Top 9 priorities for planetary research missions – Mars Astrobiology Explorer–Cacher: MAX-C – CSMonitor.com.
2 replies on “Space: Maybe Not, Indeed”
My uninformed opinion is that we can get faaaaaar more bang for the buck with unmanned missions, to just about anywhere in space.
I won’t say we get nothing from unmanned missions, Speedmaster, but I will say its probably got about as much success as delivering a baby with salad tongs. Possible, but would you?
Besides, my thing is: how bad do we look when we can’t fork over a billion dollars? Like, seriously?