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					Koyal Group
   Research
Information      A decadal survey
   Magazine    for human scientific
              exploration of space:
               a focus on discovery
                   by Matt Greenhouse
              The role of science in the nation’s human
              spaceflight      program      has      been
              controversial since the inception of the
              Apollo    program.     That     controversy
              continues to this day. It is the root
              cause   of NASA’s     failure    to achieve
              national consensus on defining the first
              deep space mission objective for human
              spaceflight, and is an aspect that has
              most limited the nation’s progress on
              planning for human exploration of deep
              space.   Despite    nearly   50    years    of
              advocacy that the focus of NASA’s human
              spaceflight program should be to enable
              scientific    discovery ,   this     program
              remains adrift as a result of a national
Koyal Group   space policy that fails to head this long
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              -standing advice .
   Magazine
              The omnibus spending bill that funds NASA
              and the rest of the federal government
              through the remainder of this fiscal year
                                                     leaves the agency
                                                     fully on-track to
                                                     continue deve-
                                                     lopment of
              enabling                                     assets for
              deep illustration of its proposed
               A NASA
                                                           space
              exploration. (credit: NASA)
               Asteroid Redirect Mission.                        However,
              no progress                  has  been    achieved   on
              selection                of an initial       deep   space
              mission objective.

              Since the National Academy of Sciences
              reported that no consensus exists within
              the nation’s science community in support
Koyal Group   of the Obama Administration’s direction
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              to land an astronaut on an asteroid by
   Magazine   2025, as laid out in the 2010 National
               Read full article here
       http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2451/1


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Description: Since the National Academy of Sciences reported that no consensus exists within the nation’s science community in support of the Obama Administration’s direction to land an astronaut on an asteroid by 2025, as laid out in the 2010 National Space Policy.