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To Boldly Go, or Not
A Public Hearing Case Study
This fictional public forum case study is centered on the 2004 decision by President George W. Bush to set NASA’s primary goal as a return to the Moon, followed by a mission to Mars. The members on the expert panel and audience are fictitious but the views they express on the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) are representative of those articulated by actual advocacy groups, scientists, engineers, space enthusiasts, and lay persons. The case is not simply about public policy, but touches upon the relative merits and deficiencies of manned space exploration and robotic space exploration, the consumer products and industries derived from the space program, the scientific rationale for a return to the Moon, as well as what worthwhile space missions may be terminated as a result of the VSE.
|Keywords:||Manned space exploration; space program; Vision for Space Exploration; VSE; Moon-to-Mars; NASA; George W. Bush|
|Topical Area:||Policy issues, Social issues|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Type/Method:||Public Hearing, Dilemma/Decision, Role-Play|
|Subject Headings:||Science (General) Aerospace Engineering|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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