Tell the U.S. government what you think about human spaceflight

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The Committee on Human Spaceflight, part of the U.S. National Academies of Science, is seeking your opinion on the future of human spaceflight. Make your voice heard! Deadline to submit is July 9.


On their website, the committee explains:

This request for input papers is open to any and all interested individuals and groups wishing to submit their own ideas on the role of human spaceflight and their vision for a suggested future. In developing their papers, respondents are asked to carefully consider the following broad questions.

  1. What are the important benefits provided to the United States and other countries by human spaceflight endeavors?
  2. What are the greatest challenges to sustaining a U.S. government program in human spaceflight?
  3. What are the ramifications and what would the nation and world lose if the United States terminated NASA's human spaceflight program?

The committee is seeking input papers of no more than 4 pages in length, not counting any figures, tables or references. (Due to the expected volume of input, the committee is unable to guarantee that papers of greater length will be considered.) In discussing the above questions, please describe the reasoning that supports your arguments and, to the extent possible, include or cite any evidence that supports your views. In considering #1 above, submitters may consider private as well as government space programs.

Find out more on how to submit your ideas on the National Academies website.


They need to go back to the Moon permanently and forget about Mars for the moment (7-14 years).

Here is the reason why.

The Moon is a great place to prepare ourselves, experiment with solutions for these kinds of environments, and test out equipment. We figure would practical ways to grow food, how best to make living pods feel like a home, and other things that are going to be important for our future Martians.

In the meantime, it would be a great boost the economy. This would be something that would provide the good paying jobs that people really need and encourage the youth to go to school.

Finally, the Moon is a much better place to launch our inter-planetary missions from. Yes, we will have to get our gear there, but, ultimately, 1/10th gravity makes sending equipment on much easier.