Welcome to the Space.com community.ApoloProjectWorker":ugmqn4vh said:Stopping the maned space program with the idea that new technology can be developed ONLY by doing so makes no sense. We have not stopped selling cars until better technology can be developed, the same should idea should apply to the space program. Reinstate the Moon and Mars programs AND develop new technologies at the same time. Keep our country a leader in space, do not retreat while other countries continue to pursue maned space flight. To little is known about the proposed space engines to know if the can even be developed for use within 10 years. Do we as a country want to sit back and let space leadership go to another country? I say keep scientific discoveries in space as a part of our nations goals.
You will find many posters here who agree with you. You will also find a number of threads where this subject is being debated.
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I personally happen to agree with you. Pursuing the current direction is effectively ceding our national position in space exploration.