NASA’s future: cutbacks or trips to Mars? The Christian Science Monitor

The loss of seven astronauts who perished when the space shuttle Columbia broke apart in the skies over a week ago is once again bringing NASA’s future into question. As it has done with past space tragedies, Congress Wednesday will begin debates about what the nation’s goals for space flight are – and whether the scientific advances made by manned space shuttles are too narrow to justify the cost in both dollars and human lives.