>>Does anyone seriously believe the united states intends to return astronauts to the
>>moon and land them on mars?
Not during the same mission, but... yeah.
>>seems we've been hearing this one for fifty years and it never seems to pan out.
*sigh*... that is true. Mostly because presidents can suggest a program, but it's up to congress to approve and fund one; and, there's just not a good enough reason to go back to the moon as yet. Just to "Prove that we've been there" - is a crappy reason to go.
Going to Mars would be a much more challenging and worthwhile goal, IMHO... We developed a lot of technology going to the moon; going to Mars will promote the development of more. I can't say the same for a "return to the moon," so... I say, let's go to Mars first.
>>politicians love paying lip service to the space program because it gains them
>>votes among constituents that care about such things, but they never back up their
>>words with dollars.
I find this to be very true. Congress is the sole supplier of money to NASA; A bill that is proposed at the beginning to start a Mars Mission is usually finishing up with a thousand other "laws" tacked onto it... They'll inflate the cost of the bill to the point that it's unpassable, with the result of little - if anything - ever gets done...
I'd love to vote ***out*** anyone in congress that's been there for more than 3 terms; they're simply dead wood.
>>why should today be any different? in the prophetic words of pete townsend, "we won't be fooled again."
I'm not sure what this has to do with it; no one's fooling anyone else. We just need politicians to act like people instead of politicians....
And... good luck with *that*.