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Beyond the Moon: A New Roadmap for Human Space Exploration

The Planetary Society recommends a vigorous new approach to space exploration in Beyond the Moon: A New Roadmap for Human Space Exploration in the 21st Century. The Society created the Roadmap for the consideration of the U.S. Administration and Congress that took power in early 2009.

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The impetus for creating the Roadmap came from a workshop, co-sponsored by The Planetary Society and Stanford University, entitled "Examining the Vision: Balancing Science and Exploration." Held at Stanford in February 2008, the workshop gathered some 50 experts from a diverse range of space-related disciplines to discuss how the United States' Vision for Space Exploration and other important space and Earth science priorities. The Planetary Society gathered further input from its members and the public through a series of Town Hall meetings in the U.S. and overseas and through a Space Priorities Survey.

Key elements of the Roadmap include:

In short, the Roadmap calls for "A new and flexible program, based on a series of important first-time achievements and an international commitment to exploration and discovery." International cooperation is strongly recommended both to reduce costs for any one nation and to increase public interest and support.

The Planetary Society offers this roadmap, Beyond the Moon, as a positive step toward a robust, sustainable, international human space exploration program that will unite and inspire the people of America and all of planet Earth.

Roadmap Team:

You can download a PDF (2.9 MB) of Beyond the Moon here.

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