Thursday, February 02, 2006

Looking Backward to Mars

With this year's State of the Union safely in the rearview - and filled with nothing of any particular note - I thought it was time to take a look back at some of W's resolutions from last year. In particular, does anybody remember the "new vision" for space exploration? The one meant to "enable future exploration of Mars and other destinations"?

The plan was announced shortly before last year's State of the Union. So, just how is that going exactly?
While NASA has been in the news recently (for the wrong reasons), there hasn't been much more said by NASA or the administration about manned missions to Mars, or to the moon for that matter. Granted, it's an ambitious project, but how about a progress report, or some encouraging words in this year's speech? Nope. The president made nary a mention of Mars, Moon, NASA or even outer space.

But that isn't to suggest that cutting-edge science research isn't a presidential priority: "Tonight I ask you to pass legislation to prohibit the most egregious abuses of medical research: human cloning in all its forms..."

I can only hope that this most recent 'science' proposal is allowed to join last year's Martian plan and quietly fade into the background...


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