Regarding The Washington Post story “NASA's strategy for Mars a failure” : If NASA had focused on the moon after the first astronauts landed, there would be a moon base by now. There would probably be a colony by now. And the necessary experimental data to put a manned flight on Mars would have been gathered. We might even have been to Mars by now.
It is a tragedy that the moon landings were written off and focus was diverted to other projects. The advances that could have occurred by now can only be guessed at.
As to Congress and the president arguing over what should be done now, the answer is simple. We need to pick up where we left off and direct our energies to a moon base that is within our reach.
Mary Ann Mogus
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