The former NASA Director killed the Mars missions, because of unsurmountable problems with ... the landers' wheels. No update on the Russian space agency's proposal to NASA, to combine resources and budgets for a joint manned mission to Mars.
Manned missions to the Moon are almost dead, called "too expensive". Yet, when the shuttle fleet is retired in the next year or so, we'll be paying the Russians $50 million per seat to ferry our astronauts to the Space Station. (I'm unclear if this $50 million price tag is one-way, or round-trip.) So THIS is NASA's idea of being "fiscally responsible"?
The shuttle fleet has been aimed for retirement for around a decade now. And yet no NASA replacement vehicle got to the final stage for deployment. Now Space X (who already has NASA contracts) says their Dragon craft and crew can ferry astronauts to the Space Station for only $20 million per seat.
Ike, JFK and Walter Cronkite must be turning over in their graves ...
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