We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…. This is in some measure an act of faith and vision, for we do not know what benefits await us…. But space is there and we are going to climb it. —John F. Kennedy, September 1962
On April 15, Barack Obama traveled to Cape Canaveral. Speaking there to a closed audience of political allies, the president laid out his soaring vision for America’s space program. Under the Obama plan, NASA will spend $100 billion on human spaceflight over the next 10 years in order to accomplish nothing.
About the Author
Robert Zubrin, an aerospace engineer, is president of the Mars Society and author of The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must.