Bush should show spending restraint in space initiative

In anticipation of the space initiative US President George W. Bush soon will announce, the nation can only hope for prudence.Administration officials said on Jan. 8 that Bush would give a speech about a research and development program aimed at sending astronauts to the moon and Mars.Until the speech, on a date not disclosed at this writing, the extent of his ambition couldn't be known.Details will determine the wisdom of this initiative—financial details, in particular.Space exploration is important and valuable. The present, however, is no time to amplify spending on it.The present, with a fascinating Mars probe in progress, is a good time to clarify long-term goals of the Na...

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