Bill Would Send America Back to the Moon

Monday, 25 Apr 2011 01:13 PM

By Martin Gould

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NASA should be focused on heading back to the moon, a new bill sponsored by five members of the House insists.

And by 2022, 50 years after the last moon landing, an American should again set foot on Planet Earth’s only satellite, says the bill, put forward by four Republicans and one Democrat, Yahoo is reporting.

Lead sponsor, Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.) says the U.S. space program currently lacks a clear mission and is on the verge of handing space leadership to the Russians and Chinese, which he says would be “detrimental to our economy and our national security.”

Posey, who worked at NASA in the early ‘70s, said in a recent op-ed “Our human spaceflight program has attracted and inspired the world’s brightest scientists. Those great minds have spawned hundreds of innovations reaching across all disciplines of science. These innovations have translated beyond space applications to commercial products, infusing our economy with tens of billions of dollars and improving lives around the world.”

He pointed out that the Apollo landings had taught volumes about the moon, adding: “Yet to date, we have explored through manned missions only a section of the moon roughly the size of the National Mall.”

Earlier this month, President Obama, speaking at the Kennedy Space Center, said NASA’s short-term priorities should be to develop “breakthrough propulsion systems” so manned flights could go to Mars and the asteroids, but Posey insists the moon is a better goal to keep America ahead of the world.

Co-sponsors of , the "Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act" or the "REAL Space Act," are Republicans, Rob Bishop. Pete Olson and Frank Wolf and Democrat. Sheila Jackson-Lee.

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