Obama: Let’s go to moon, and maybe Mars Orlando Sentinel

Sen. Barack Obama released a comprehensive space policy Saturday that endorsed sending astronauts back to the moon by 2020 as a possible precursor for going to Mars — the first time he has committed to that goal — and said the reach for the stars should be a U.S.-led international effort.
“Human exploration beyond low-earth orbit should be a long-term goal and investment for all space-faring countries, with America in the lead,” the policy paper said.
The paper promises funding for an additional flight after the space shuttle’s planned retirement in 2010 and to “expedite” development of a successor. But beyond promising funding to “minimize” the gap until a new rocket flies — now not scheduled until 2015 — the plan makes no specific financial commitment.