- NASA Watch
- September 29, 2023
Changing Course – AGAIN?
“The report offers “primary objectives” for sending human beings into space as those that can only be accomplished through the physical presence of human beings and are worthy of significant risk to human life. Says Mindell, “we argue for including notions of risk, human experience, and remote presence into the fundamental rationales for sending people into space. The results show that the United States might want a rather different human spaceflight program from the one now planned.”
And it is essential that whatever goals are set for human spaceflight, the funding should be adequate to meet those goals. “Trying to do too much with too little is exactly what caused the last two shuttle accidents,” he says.”