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Unformatted text preview: sion to the Moon is a strong motivation to reestablish a U.S. presence. For many who have supported the Vision up to this point, completing it may have become important in itself; part of the Vision’s original purpose was to set a goal for NASA that would give the agency direction and enhance its public support, and supporters may fear that changing plans at this point would weaken NASA, whether or not a better plan could be devised. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 133 Mercury Politics Moon Mission – Human – Popular – Congress (1/2) Congress supports moon mission as stepping stone Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10 [Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p.5, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] The NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-422) reaffirmed the Vision’s broad goals, including the “eventual” return to the Moon and missions to other destinations in the solar system .14 It expressed the sense of Congress that “America’s friends and allies” should be invited to participate .15 It directed NASA to take a “stepping stone approach” in which lunar exploration activities are designed and implemented with strong consideration to their future contribution to exploration beyond the Moon.16 It directed that plans for a lunar outpost should not require its continuous occupation and that NASA should use commercial services for its lunar outpost activities “to the maximum extent practicable.”17 Experts and politicians support moon trip for multiple reasons, including science and heg Morgan, Congressional Research Service spet in science and technology policy, 7-8-10 [Daniel, Congressional Research Service, “The Future of NASA: Space Policy Issues Facing Congress”, p. 7, opencrs.com/document/R41016/, accessed 6-20-11, AFB] Supporters counter that the Moon is the closest destination beyond Earth orbit and could serve as a stepping stone for subsequent destinations. As Earth’s nearest neighbor, the Moon is of great scientific interest. Missions to the Moon would provide an opportunity to develop and test technologies and gain experience working in space. According to some advocates, the Moon might literally be a staging point for future missions. For some in Congress, concerned about national security or national prestige, the prospect of a manned Chinese mission to the Moon is a strong motivation to reestablish a U.S. presence. For many who have supported the Vision up to this point, completing it may have become important in itself; part of the Vision’s original purpose was to set a goal for NASA that would give the agency direction and enhance its public support, and supporters may fear that changing plans at this point would weaken NASA, whether or not a better plan could be devised. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 134 Mercury Politics Moon Mission – Human – Popular – Congress (2/2...
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