The Flight of Apollo 11
To the casual observer like myself, NASA has been adrift without lofty goals since the end of the Apollo program. NASA aficionados will no doubt disagree with this statement. However, with the end of the space shuttle program everyone is asking the question-- what's next-- and the silence is deafening. Being a government agency, NASA must get its vision and goals from political appointees and politicians who tend to be backward-looking reactionaries rather than forward-looking visionaries. There's much speculation that NASA has run its course and space exploration will now pass into the hands of the private sector-- companies like Virgin Galatic or SpaceX. Will the US squander its lead in space technology? Let me help the politicians out: In this decade NASA should build a permanent space station on the moon in preparation for colonization of the moon.