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Yet Another NASA Pick-the-Next-Destination Effort

By Keith Cowing
January 2, 2013
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NASA NSPIRES: The Next Generation Plenary: Next Destinations for Human Space Exploration
“Calling U.S. students and U.S. young professionals! If you could choose humanity’s next destination in space, where would you choose? We want to hear what you think should be the next destination for humans to explore and why your destination is the best. As today’s 21- to 35-year-olds, you will be the senior engineers and mission managers who will be carrying out and leading the next human missions to explore space, and we want your input. Why wait 10 years to be heard?! We invite you to share your ideas with space leaders in government, industry and academia at the International Astronautical Congress in Beijing, China, 23-27 September 2013!”
NASA’s Call for Abstracts for the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)
Keith’s note: I think it is great that NASA seeks the input of the next generation of space explorers. But its somewhat odd that NASA is asking people what “humanity’s next destination in space” should be when (depending who you listen to) the agency has already been given that destination. Is this request seeking the next destination after asteroids/Mars – or is this one instead of asteroids/Mars? Given that NASA Administrator Bolden does/does not want to go to an asteroid – or may want to bring that asteroid back to Earth – or maybe also wants to go to L2 and/or Mars, I guess yet another destination exercise won’t really make things that much more confused.
Charlie Bolden’s Meandering Strategic Plans, earlier post

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