The US space exploration program UU It should continue to focus on the recovery of robotic samples and human missions to Mars, says Scott Hubbard, editor in chief of New Space . He details the benefits and risks of this strategy in an editorial entitled "Maintain Focus on Mars," published in New Space .
Scott Hubbard, Associate Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University and former director of NASA's Ames Research Center, recounts the commitments of the four previous Administrations to space exploration, beginning with the president's promise Kennedy in 1
"I strongly recommend completing the return of samples from Mars," says Professor Hubbard. "That initiative alone will show the continued leadership of the US And perhaps provide answers to the most fundamental questions that humans ask:" Are we alone? "I also believe that any future plan of Human exploration must continue moving towards Mars. "
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Scott Hubbard, keeping the focus on Mars, New Space (2017). DOI: 10.1089 / space.2017.29012.gsh