Congress, Brooklyn, Mars discussed on American Innovations
A journey to another planet a man mission to mars has this colleagues cheer and clap. Zubin throws his head back and smiles widely. Finally the gauntlet has been thrown. America is going to send humans to mars. That's what he's wanted ever since he was a small child in brooklyn watching the very astronauts being honored today as they stepped onto the surface of the moon. It's the dream that inspired him to quit his job as a science teacher and go back to school to get his masters in engineering like many people he thinks nasa has lost much of its intrepid. Spirit maybe now. Finally it will have the resources to do what it's supposed to explore outer space and zuber can't wait to do his part with. Martin marietta inside nasa. The mood is very different. The president's mandate isn't reawakening anyone's exploratory spirit nasa administrators only. See a politician setting overly ambitious ambitious goal with no appreciation of how hard it will be to actually pull it off. They've already got their hands full working on space station freedom permanently crude station that will orbit earth in the future. Freedom will become a repair station for satellites and a laboratory for experiments on the long term effects of space. The logistics of developing. It had been difficult sucking up. Nasr's time and manpower. The space station is already nasr's most ambitious project in decades since nineteen seventy when the apollo program ended no manned missions have gone beyond low earth orbit a distance twelve hundred miles above earth. Mars is thirty three million miles away. The administrators grudgingly begin work. Kind of plan to pull off president bush's vision three months later on november twentieth nineteen ninety. Nine nasa publishes a report called the ninety day. Study on human exploration of the moon and mars. It lays out a complex thirty year strategy for getting humans to mars. The plan calls for tripling the size of the space station. Developing new rockets to launch from the space station to the moon building lunar base and then developing another set of new rockets to launch from the moon to mark's. It's an ambitious plan counting for every contingency and utilizing almost every major piece of technology. Nasa is currently developing. But what gets congress's attention is price tag. Four hundred fifty billion dollars. Though nasa plans for the money to be spread out over thirty years the sticker shock gets hard. It would be the largest single expenditure in. Us history other than world war two concerned about the deficit and a worsening economy. Congress refuses to authorize the spending nasa's manned mission to mars is grounded before it can even get started.