Human Space Flight
The Royal Astronomical Society has set up a commission to investigate whether the UK should break with tradition by funding human spaceflight. NASA’s new vision for Space Exploration, involving a return to the Moon and a manned mission to Mars, coupled with ESA’s Aurora programme, which also includes a Human Space Flight element in the longer term, makes it timely for the UK to again consider its position. In response, the RAS has established a Commission to investigate and report on the value of humans for space exploration with specific reference to astronomy and planetary science, but taking into account broader subjects such as astro-biology. The commission consists of:
Prof F Close, University of Oxford, Chair
Prof K Pounds, University of Leicester
Dr J Dudeney, British Antarctic Survey
The commission wants to hear the opinions of the general public. Anything involving humans in space sends up costs by at least a factor of 10 so what the general public feel about this is crucial -they would have to pay the bill.
To read the views of the public who have sent messages to the BBC News web site click here.