Focus on Putting Humans on Mars, Group Argues

NASA and other spaceflight programs worldwide should focus on putting people on Mars, not the moon, an advocacy group for space exploration said in a new plan announced today.
“The U.S. landed humans on the Moon nearly 40 years ago,” said Louis Friedman, executive director of The Planetary Society. “Returning to the moon has not sufficiently excited the public and will require resources that will be badly needed elsewhere in the space program.”
The plan, “Beyond the Moon: A New Roadmap for Human Space Exploration in the 21st Century,” included four key elements: