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  1. How We Got Where We Are: 40 Years of Planning… Roger D. Launius National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian Institution launiusr@si.edu

  2. Sixty Years Ago… • Human Earth orbital flights • Winged reusable spacecraft • Permanently inhabited space station • Human lunar exploration • Human expeditions to Mars

  3. Fifty Years Ago…

  4. Forty Years Ago… • $25.4 billion cost. • Six successful landings, 1969-1972. • Three circumlunar flights (Apollo 8, 10, 13). • Technological advance pathbreaking. • Scientific return astounding.

  5. What Do We Do for an Encore? • Space Task Group Report, 1969. • Space Shuttle, approved 1972. • Space Station, approved 1984. • Return to Moon. • Mars expedition. • Space Exploration Initiative, July 1989. • Back to the Moon, and on to Mars. • Vision for Space Exploration, January 2004. • Back to the Moon, on to Mars, and retire Space Shuttle. • Space Exploration in the 21st Century, April 2010.  • Emphasize ISS, commercial cargo and crew, R&D.

  6. Build a Spaceplane Thirty Years Ago…

  7. Ten Years Ago… Then Build a Space Station…

  8. A Few Great Accomplishments

  9. Tragedies: Challenger 1986 and Columbia 2003

  10. Expectations Expectations…A Dual Edged Sword

  11. Where’s My Jetpack?

  12. Historic Drivers for Exploration • God • Gold • Glory

  13. Fifty Years or More… Five, Ten, Twenty Years Ahead…