NZ scientist asks for lift to Mars The Australian

A new Zealand scientist who specialises in space physics launched a publicity campaign Tuesday, urging NASA to let him be the first physicist to land on Mars or the moon. University lecturer Craig Rodger said it was time NASA changed direction and sent scientists into space instead of ex-military personnel. US President George W Bush announced recently a revitalised space exploration programme which aims to send manned missions to the moon from 2015, and eventually to Mars and beyond.