Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Science & Space

NASA decides not to decide on future space exploration

See also

That NASA’s space exploration program is beset by a lack of leadership, direction, and especially funding has been known for quite some time. According to a February 25, 2014 story in the suspicion has arisen that some of this is by deliberate design.

“Concerns have again been raised about NASA’s shaky exploration roadmap, with the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP) claiming the Agency has elected to go down the ‘indecision-is-the-key-to-flexibility’ path. Although only two missions have been manifested, the panel cited concerns about launching a crew into deep space on what would be the debut of Orion’s life support system.”

Besides the concern of a stress test of the new life support system, called environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) being a feature of the first piloted deep space mission, the concern has arisen about what exactly that mission is going to be.

Officially the first piloted mission of the Orion space craft involves its launch on a heavy lift Space Launch System on a voyage to visit a small asteroid that had previously been placed in orbit around the moon. But now some in Congress and in the aerospace industry are looking at a more ambitious flight, involving a flyby of Mars and perhaps Venus.

The problem is that two of the conditions plaguing NASA, lack of direction and lack of leadership, are being caused by the third, lack of funding. NASA is creating two elements of a deep space exploration, the Orion spacecraft and the SLS. But it is not being provided enough money to actually use this hardware to its full potential. Thus NASA’s leadership had decided not to have a firm direction. No one knows when or if there will be adequate funding to send people to an asteroid, the moon, or Mars. No one in the current administration or in Congress seems disposed to change their situation.

In short, NASA’s space exploration program is adrift, by circumstances and deliberate design.



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!