NASA plans to put man back on moon by 2018
Marred down by the Space Shuttle reliability problems and the damage caused by the Katrina Hurricane, the American space agency NASA has announced that they plan to put astronauts back to the moon by 2018. This means that man would be returning to the moon after close to half a century! NASA plans to use a combined technology of space shuttle and Apollo rocket parts to get its astronauts there.
The space agency put forward their plans to the White House on Wednesday and on Capitol Hill yesterday. The official statement is expected to be released to the media tomorrow. John Logsdon, director of George Washington University’s space policy institute said in a statement about NASAâ€™s upcoming plans: “The emphasis is on achieving goals rather than elegance,” referring to the use of old equipment for the flightâ€.
The space agency and the US government already has called for a 2010 retirement for the entire crew of the Space Shuttle and NASA has to work on getting a new generation space vehicles ready for their plans beyond that time period. NASA administrator himself has said that they would be using proven technologies based on Apollo craft and Space Shuttle to develop their next generation vehicles for their upcoming space programs.