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Former NASA Chief: U.S. Not on a Path To Mars

12 Aug 2014, 18:57 UTC
Former NASA Chief: U.S. Not on a Path To Mars
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By Mark CarreauAviation Week, 08.11.14Comments made by former NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin at the 2014 International Mars Society ConventionHOUSTON - U.S. policymakers and others passionate about a human Mars landing are delusional if they believe the nation that ended its first foray into deep space with the Apollo moon landings is on a calculated path to the Red Planet, according to former NASA administrator Mike Griffin.Current efforts, focused on NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission (ARM) as a springboard, are fizzling because the U.S. is not the "space-faring" nation most assume, he told the 17th Mars Society conference in League City, Texas, as part of an Aug. 9 session on exploration."There are reasons other than technical why that has not happened. It isn’t about the money," Griffin told the conference organized around Mars Direct, the society’s strategy for establishing a sustained human presence on Mars without intermediate destinations by using current technologies and extracting fuel, life support and construction materials from the planet’s atmosphere and soil.To read the full article, please click here.

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