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Before Congress continues its funding, the manned space program should be forced to justify proposed expenditures in terms of the value of benefits to be realized.
Many earth orbit unmanned space programs can be justified.
Interplanetary probes are harder to justify. Having found that it has nothing of value, I think the Mars issue is closed.
George W. Bush's plan to send a man to Mars can not be justified. It
would be a waste of the projected $16 Billion. When asked to justify this
project, a former astronaut who advocated it could only come up with, "Man was
meant to explore."