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The Vision for Space Exploration: A Brief History (Part 3)

2 Nov 2012, 21:57 UTC
The Vision for Space Exploration: A Brief History (Part 3)
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In the second part of my series detailing the history of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), Sean O’Keefe had announced that his tenure as NASA Administrator was over and the search had begun for a new administrator. Despite the … Continue reading →

The Exploration Systems Architecture Study – NASA’s chosen way to implement the Vision for Space Exploration
In the second part of my series detailing the history of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE), Sean O’Keefe had announced that his tenure as NASA Administrator was over and the search had begun for a new administrator. Despite the best efforts of many within and outside of the agency, the objectives and emphasis of the Vision had begun to drift. While the original concept and statement of goals had been clear and unambiguous, the VSE was re-invented by some as a Presidential declaration of an Apollo-style program to land humans on Mars. This deliberate misconstruction had the effect of subtly orienting the strategic direction away from long-term or permanent lunar surface activities toward a simple, minimalist series of “touch-and-go” missions at the Moon. In such a view, because there would be no significant long-term activities on the lunar surface, ...

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