Fine Structure

Augustine Commission Recommendations

Catching up on some of last week's news: the Augustine commission has come back with a variety of recommendations regarding the future of the space program. They're organized roughly into two segments, with additional funding and without additional funding. Clearly our ability to do new things is based partly on how much money we have for the program, and the difference it makes on NASA shows in the report.

Most of the options include finding the budget to extend the Shuttle to 2011 (from our current 2010 plan) and the ISS until 2020 (from 2016), so there is some promise for the extra science that can be done with those additional windows. The rest of the options range from our current moon-first plan to a plan that would take us to near-Earth asteroids and Mars' moons.

Where do you think we should go next, regardless of funding? ]