NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight programme despite a congressional ban on its doing so.
Legislators have accused President Obama’s Administration of contriving to slip the termination of the Constellation programme through the back door to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill.
Looks like the Private Space Industry is gonna have to pick up where NASA and our Government have fallen short. I certainly hope NASA isn’t planning on going straight to Mars without first setting up a test base on the Moon – that would be sheer LUNANY! Compared to Mars, the Moon is CLOSE – it’s the perfect location to test new equipment, procedures, and gather valuable experience.