House committee staff members defend NASA authorization bill

Jan 21, 2020
It's so anti Moon that it verges on lunacy. Mars should be left to robots until all the critical technology to sustain human life is perfected. And there is no better place for that than the Moon.
Oct 25, 2019
I agree with Sam and Hari. Doing an orbital mission to Mars is a waste of 4 years and has risk enough to redo that mission before landing. To significantly reduce risk, it is much better to focus on using the Moon for a landing mission. Treat the Moon as a little 'Mars'. Repeat several times to perfect a landing and a 'first base' mission. Then set out for Mars. The landing can always be changed to orbit only, if problems arise. Adjustments would be made to account for no atmosphere on the Moon and smaller gravity. Mars can be done by 2033 with lower total cost and much less risk - IMO.
Jan 10, 2020
Whole thing is crazy, SLS redundant due to private sector demonstrating re-usability. Uses old shuttle engines and dangerous solid fuel rockets. Gateway unnessesary, go to moon direct. Not landing on Mars? ridiculous. Hope U.S. taxpayers have deep pockets.

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