President Obama wants to end NASA's moon program and turn over space transportation to commercial companies. Administration officials say the idea is to jump-start technologies needed for future human exploration of Mars and other destinations.
The NASA plan is part of Obama's $3.83 trillion budget for fiscal year 2011, unveiled today. In recent plans for NASA's manned space program, a lunar base was to be used as a launching point for future trips to Mars. President Bush laid out that vision in a speech back in 2004.
Manned missions to the moon united the country in front of television sets and generated tremendous public support for NASA in decades past, but today's announcement suggests a very different future for the space agency. Our question today: What do you think of President Obama's plan to end NASA's moon program?