The decision to drop plans to return astronauts to the Moon has opened the door for China , Russia and India to take the initiative in establishing a permanent base on Earth's close neighbour- and all the military strategic advantages that such a base would deliver.
The Obama proposal “begins the death march for the future of U.S. human space flight,” Senator Richard Shelby, the senior Republican on the subcommittee that determines NASA’s budget, said in a statement. If the budget is enacted, NASA “will be the agency of pipe dreams and fairy tales,” he continued.
Possibly there may be other considerations as to why the USA has abandoned its once most pressing space initiative. Whether the reason is simply financial - doubtful as the USA administration continues to pour billions of dollars down a military drain - or by other more non-earthly reasons , only time will tell.
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