Your Chance to Weigh in on NASA’s Future Destinations

by Nancy Atkinson on July 13, 2010

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Where do you think NASA’s next destination should be in space? Asteroid? The Moon? Mars? The Planetary Society is hosting an interactive Ustream chat where you can put in your 2 cents.

“Tell us where you want to go in space!” said Bill Nye (the Science Guy) who will soon become the Planetary Society’s new executive director. Nye and Louis Friedman, the Society’s current executive director, will host the live chat – titled “The New NASA Plan – Destinations” – on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm U.S. Pacific Time (5:00 pm EDT, 21:00 GMT).
“We want a lively debate!” said Friedman, who urges anyone to join the discussion.

The Planetary Society has been actively encouraging discussion of the new plan proposed for NASA, a plan that would entail a major shift in NASA’s human spaceflight program. The Society leadership feels that it is vital that public interest be represented in discussing issues that will change the course of the US space program for decades to come.

The new NASA plan for human spaceflight focuses on technologies and milestones that will advance human space flight out of Earth orbit and into the solar system. Mars may be the ultimate goal, but the path for humans to set foot on the Red Planet is flexible, to be determined step-by-step.

The Planetary Society plans to continue to hold webcasts on topics such as the deep space rocket, use of commercial launch vehicles, and robotic precursor missions.

Those wishing to participate in the Ustream chat room or to ask questions will need to set up a free account with Ustream prior to the start of the event. The New NASA Plan — Destinations will also be archived on Ustream for later viewing.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Paul Eaton-Jones July 19, 2010 at 6:48 AM

I’m still sort of hopeful that many of the projects discussed here WILL make beyond the ‘thought experiment’ stage but I too was filled with excitement at the prospect of a permanently manned lunar presence by the late 1970′s and a man on Mars by the mid 80′s. In fact I believe the proposed time-line of events in 1969 had plans for a manned martian base by 1984!! Even with the usual slip-backs we should have been there by the mid-90′s. That’s why space-nuts of my age [55] feel so bloody angry and have a real sense of betrayal. Rant over for now.

boomfink July 22, 2010 at 7:29 PM

I think we should concentrate on finding LIFE. Where in the solar system are we most likely to find life. What could be more important?

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