What next?


What does the future hold for space exploration?

While the International Space Station may continue to operate until as late as 2020, the next steps for the space program aren’t entirely certain. The shuttle program has ended, but private companies are fast developing rockets and spacecraft that will carry astronauts and equipment into orbit, and potentially beyond. Manned expeditions to the Moon, Mars or an asteroid are being carefully considered, but NASA’s funding, as a portion of the federal budget, is as low today as it was in the very first years of the space program.

What should be our next step? Should space exploration take a back seat to other issues for now? Will private companies take NASA's place in space? Or does space science and exploration deserve a greater public investment? Tell us your opinion, or vote on the direction you think space exploration should take!

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janessa hamilton says:

i think that the history of the past is very interesting even though it can be gross but it's important to learn about it so keep learning all about the past and maybe you can see what is coming in the future

posted on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 10:11am
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tajspeer77 says:

i think that the space policy will bevery futuristic

posted on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 10:11am
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Henry says:

I think we should go to Pluto using rovers that blast off from satellites!

posted on Sun, 02/03/2013 - 10:29am
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Anonymous says:

More people should know about what we can learn from space

posted on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 3:57pm
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Anonymous says:

people should keep on learning abut space

posted on Fri, 10/19/2012 - 12:00pm
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Anonymous says:

I think we should decrease the pay for the program because all we can do is just shoot probes and robots up there to do it for us eh

posted on Tue, 10/16/2012 - 11:33am
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Anonymous says:

We need to put more money into the space program. We need to always go further!

posted on Sun, 07/01/2012 - 2:00pm
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Anonymous says:

More funds for space is great but with the economy as of right now the government won't be able to.

posted on Thu, 06/28/2012 - 9:24am
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Anonymous says:

As a foreign student, I can clearly see the benefits that space exploration has brouht to the United States. The US is a nation whose citizens clearly care about science, and space exploration funded by the government is a source of pride and inspiration for its citizens. This is reflected by the numbers brilliant minds that pursue educaion in science hence making a collective effort on innovation and technology which are the things that are holding up the economy of this country nowadays.

posted on Sun, 06/24/2012 - 2:29pm
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Anonymous says:

I agree with Mr. Tyson that we should invest significantly more financial resources on NASA.

posted on Fri, 04/06/2012 - 10:37am
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JGordon says:

I think funding for space exploration should be increased—it's expensive, but I think the eventual economic and scientific payback will be worth the greater investment. I wrote a post here a little while back about the estimated return on money spent on space exploration, and (according to NASA, at least) what we get back is way more than what we spend.

Anybody else?

posted on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 9:57am
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Anonymous says:

It is awesome

posted on Fri, 05/04/2012 - 11:14am

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