Advantages of settling moon, Mars debated Houston Chronicle

Like a pair of heavyweight fighters, two passionate advocates for human space travel squared off at the World Space Congress on Thursday to debate the merits for settling the moon versus settling Mars. The moon won in a close contest. But the sparring before 130 aerospace engineers and scientists meant little. Neither the moon, just three days’ travel from the Earth, nor Mars, six months away, is on NASA’s or any other space agency’s official celestial road map at the moment.