Why Not Go Back to the Moon?

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This chapter explores the reasons why NASA is choosing to go to Mars instead of going back to the Moon. The politics affecting this decision is discussed including initial attempts for financial support by President George H.W. Bush in the late 1980s to President George W. Bush in 2003 and up to current decisions from President Obama’s era. Opposing thoughts still exist whether to set up a lunar base to serve as a space platform to travel to deep space versus moving directly to manned Mars missions.


George W.S. Abbey Asteroid Redirect Mission Astrobotic Technology Inc. Charles Bolden George W. Bush Buzz Aldrin Charles Bolden China Constellation Moon George Abbey International Space Station Lunar CATALYST Initiative Masten Space Systems Inc. Moon Express Inc. National Research Council (NRC) Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) Space Station Freedom Vacuum 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Arts and SciencesUniversity of WashingtonTacomaUSA

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