Space: No Free Launch

No Free Launch

In a ceremony commemorating the day 20 years ago when America's Apollo astronauts first set foot on the moon, President Bush last week outlined his vision of America's role in space.

The high points: a space station longer than a football field orbiting 220 miles above the earth; permanent living quarters on the near side of the moon constructed out of lunar metals and used as a base for mining oxygen-rich moon rocks; then, sometime during the 21st century, a manned mission to Mars, at least a yearlong, 35 million-mile voyage. "It is humanity's destiny to strive, to seek and to...

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