Spirit on Mars Rekindles Speculation White House Will Send Humans

The landing of Spirit on Mars has rekindled speculation that U.S. President George Bush is on the verge of putting NASA on a new space policy trajectory, one that could lead to a human expedition to the red planet. By far the most persistent conjecture is that the Bush Administration has green-lighted a human return to the Moon as a stepping stone to planting footprints on the distant dunes of Mars.