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Leadership and America's future in spaceIn response to growing concern over the posture and long-term direction of the U.S. civilian space program, a task group was formed to define potential U.S. space initiatives, and to evaluate them in light of the current space program and the nation's desire to regain and retain space leadership. The objectives were to energize a discussion of the long-term goals of the civilian space program and to begin to investigate overall strategies to direct that program to a position of leadership. Four initiatives were identified: mission to planet Earth; exploration of the solar system; outpost on the Moon, and humans to Mars. All four initiatives were developed in detail, and the implications and requirements of each was assessed. The long-term goals, current posturing required to attain these goals, and the need for a continuing process to define, refine, and assess both the goals and the strategy to achieve them are discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Ride, Sally K.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1987
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:89638
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Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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