Space Exploration: Should It Be Done? Nishith Patel Components of the Plan Creation of a new manned space vehicle will return humans to the moon within 16 years. Permanent presence on the moon
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Bush proposed spending $12 billion over the next five years on the effort. About $1 billion of that will come from an increase in NASA's budget, while the other $11 billion would come from shifting funds from existing programs within NASA's current $86 billion budget.
“The desire to explore and understand is part of our character,"
NASA has landed six manned missions on the moon since Apollo 11 in 1969.
The next mission appear to have the following make up Target date: 2018Length of trip: Three daysCost: $100 billion in today's dollarsStaying there: atomic reactors, space suits, shelters, lunar vehicles.
New spacecraft: • Lift rockets or a new propulsion method • Mother ship for crew • Robot ship for supplies • Landing craft • Crew habitat module for Martian surface • Rover for Martian surface • Return launch system