November 9, 2016

Congratulations to the New President and Vice President

The Coalition to Save Manned Space Exploration congratulates President-Elect Donald Trump and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence on their election. 

The Vice President will chair a new National Space Policy Council to restructure the space program towards a greater focus on manned space exploration. 

Coalition Director Art Harman discussed NASA and commercial space priorities with the campaign and transition, and Americans can expect the new administration will restore our space program and return Americans to the Moon and go to Mars--sooner than many believe possible.

November 2, 2016

Save Manned Space's Op-Ed Published on Trump Space Policy

The Washington Times published the op-ed article by Save Manned Space director Art Harman, which outlines the space policies of Donald Trump and Gov. Mike Pence. Pence will be the Chairman of a new National Space Policy Council, which will restructure NASA to focus more on space exploration, and less on duplicating activities done by other agencies. America must return to the Moon and with lessons learned, landing on Mars, and this can be done in far les time than expected if made a national priority.

Please read this opinion article which reached to top policy makers in Washington, DC.

President John F. Kennedy challenged our great nation to go to the moon “in this decade,” and just eight years later, we heard Neil Armstrong’s legendary words spoken from the moon: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” Our space program helped America become the undisputed leader for generations in high technology, created countless jobs and prosperity, and our national pride and international respect soared to high levels.

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October 31, 2016

Gov. Pence: ‘President Trump Will Lead America To The Stars!”

Governor Mike Pence gave a stirring speech to thousands of NASA and space workers on Florida’s Space Coast, declaring the Trump-Pence administration would restore our space program and focus on deep space exploration (Moon, Mars and beyond).

Flanked by the Space Coast’s own Congressman, Bill Posey, the Chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, Brian Babin of Texas, and the former Congressman from the Space Coast, Dave Weldon, Pence’s message was welcome news in a campaign where many worried the next president would continue Obama’s policies which dealt a near-fatal blow to deep space exploration.

Calling for plans to “lead America to the stars,” the audience cheered Pence’s plans to “focus the mission of NASA on space exploration,” which could allow Americans to return to the Moon and go to Mars, Pence set a high standard evocative of President Kennedy’s bold goals, “we all know that space is the final frontier. And just as we’ve always done before, America needs to lead the way on the final frontier!”

This was a powerful message of support and hope for commercial space, NASA and the greater community of space supporters across America, and offers the prospect of a very real “Journey to Mars” in marked contrast to Hillary Clinton’s likely continuation of Obama’s destruction of space exploration plans.

Pence would chair a revived National Space Policy Council which would restructure NASA to focus on deep space exploration, eliminate functions duplicated by other agencies such as global warming theory advocacy, structure new relationships with commercial space companies, and advance plans for launching Americans on deep space exploration missions during their first and second terms.

President Kennedy challenged America to go to the Moon, and just eight years later Neil Armstrong made the historic “one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The last eight years set America back by a decade or more in deep space exploration–which awarded China and Russia a similar head-start in very real space race, a point not lost on Pence who warned, “we cannot afford to fall further behind in space exploration or technology.”

A Trump-Pence administration would set NASA on bold, new course for breathtaking accomplishments in space within the next administration; to make America great again in space for real.

Gov. Mike Pence’s Speech on NASA and Space Policy
Cocoa Beach, Florida, October 31, 2016

I have to tell you today as I stand here on the Space Coast, it is great to be back.
Because I’ve got to tell you, I was raised in a generation of kids sitting in front of black and white televisions, watching from afar what you all were living, here in Cocoa Beach.
I’m awful proud to think of the Mercury Program; the Gemini Program; the Apollo program. These are the anthems of my youth. The inspiration not just of America, but of the world.
I’m proud to say Perdue University in Indiana has educated more astronauts than any other university in America. And Gus Grissom grew up in Mitchell, Indiana.
Karen wanted me to point out to you we actually vacationed near Cocoa Beach just to be near it all, before I was ever even elected into Congress. When I was in the Congress of the United States, one of my very first assignments was to serve on the NASA subcommittee, at my request. And our families had the great privilege to be here to see those launches go into space. It’s been incredible to me.
And let me tell you something, Donald Trump and I have a plan. To make the American space program great again!
Our space program needs new leadership, and a new vision. And we’re going to work with the Chairman of the NASA subcommittee who was just on stage with me, Congressman Brian Babin, and we’re going to bring a new vision to America in space.
As Donald Trump has already said, we’re going to expand private-public partnerships to make sure we’re investing using all the resources of the most powerful nation on earth. We’re going to focus the mission of NASA on space exploration. We all know that space is the final frontier. And just as we’ve always done before, America needs to lead the way on the final frontier!
We cannot afford to fall further behind in space exploration or technology, and the Trump-Pence administration space policy will also strengthen our military space mission and assets, and reorient our civilian space program towards deep space and exploration.
We’re going to promote increased cooperation with the commercial space industry. We’re going to provide capabilities needed for our nation to maintain constant pressure in low earth and beyond.  We can be more efficient. We can be more effective. We can use space dollars wisely. But we’re going to do it. We’re going to make the investments, and we’re going to create a brighter and boundless future for America and a growing economy on the Space Coast for generations.
I’m especially excited about the fact that Donald Trump already announced that we’re going to relaunch the National Space Policy Council, headed by the Vice President of the United States of America.
Donald Trump and I are committed to partnering with the space community, working with each one of you in this great and historic place. To renew and reinvigorate our space program.  In a word, President Donald Trump will lead America to the stars!

October 25, 2016

Donald Trump Announced NASA/Space Policy Agenda in Florida

Donald Trump Announced NASA and Space Policy Details

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama share a vision of NASA that takes no giant leaps in space, only small steps, while watching China and others plan prepare for their conquests of space. At stake is our high tech future, great jobs, investments and inventions, as well as national pride and international respect.

Today, in an address to voters in Sanford, Florida, near the famed "Space Coast" where Apollo rocketed our astronauts to the Moon, and where we sent rovers to Mars, amazing space shuttle missions, and built the International Space Station, Trump laid out some details of how he will reverse the Obama-Clinton policies and return America to leading the world in space exploration.


"Under my plan, not only will we modernize our Navy’s cruisers, but we’ll also invest in the technologies of the future being developed right here in central Florida. My plan also includes major investments in space exploration, also (being developed) right here.

"Over the last eight years, the Obama-Clinton administration has undermined our space program tremendously. That will change. So many things come out from it, including great jobs. And it will change very quickly under a Trump administration. And it will change before it’s too late.

"Did you ever see what’s going on with space with Russia and different places and us? We’re like watching. Isn’t that nice. So much is learned from that too.

"As a cornerstone of my policy, we will substantially expand public private partnerships to maximize the amount of investment and funding that is available for space exploration and development.

This means launching and operating major space assets right here that employ thousands, and spur innovation, and fuel economic growth.

"I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low earth orbit activity.

"Instead, we will re-purpose its mission on space exploration. Under a Trump administration, Florida and America will lead the way into the stars. With a victory in November, everything will change.

"Just think about what we can accomplish in the first 100 days."

September 2, 2016

Perseverence Through Failure Brings Success in Space Exploration

Perseverance Past Failures to the Goal
Failure in space exploration is always difficult. It's incredibly expensive, can cost years of delays, is demoralizing to the public and to all involved, and is tragic when astronauts are lost.

But just as with airplane and auto crashes, we must understand the risks and be prepared for them. SpaceX will of course persevere and learn through their loss just as did Orbital, and get back on track, though lost time cannot be made up.

As we prepare to return to manned space missions on American rockets, and hopefully sooner rather than later, build bases on the Moon and Mars, there will be accidents, setbacks and even tragic deaths. The wrong thing to do is give up. The right thing to do is to go forth again with renewed determination.

It's been this way throughout history, and the ancient explorers we remember are those who pushed through failures to the finish line.

One recipe for failure is to build just one of something. Had we only had one Apollo capsule or one space shuttle when Apollo 1, Challenger or Columbia were lost, it is possible national will and bean counters could have kept us from continuing. Thankfully we built many and persevered.

Lunar and Martian exploration must be treated the same:

Expect terrible failures and many smaller losses, and always have more spacecraft and habitats in the works. Prepare the public to expect occasional losses and that we must persevere in such eventualities. And honor those who sacrificed their lives by redoubling our efforts and achieving star-high goals.

Godspeed to SpaceX in getting back to launching--and reusing--rockets and dreams.

Read the latest official updates from SpaceX.

August 11, 2016

Attend the Mars Society's Convention

Mars Society Convention Participants Applaud "The Martian" Author Andy Weir
Register now for the Mars Society's Annual Convention, which will be held in Washington, D.C. September 22-25, 2016.

This is one of the major space advocacy and policy conferences, and is the place to be to learn about how we will get to Mars from top experts. You'll meet space experts and advocates from around the country and world.

Coalition Director Art Harman will be speaking again this year to the convention on several key topics. He spoke to the 2015 Mars Society Convention on the Mars Flyby proposal, the Asteroid Redirect mission, and participated in the space policy panel.

You will not only learn about space policy, but have the opportunity during the convention to visit your Members of Congress in support of a strong space program which will get us to Mars and beyond.

Learn more and register at:

July 18, 2016

Apollo 11 Anniversary - Your Thoughts?

Wednesday, July 20 is the 47th anniversary of Apollo 11's landing on the Moon and the historic "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

When you were younger, were did you imagine we would be in space accomplishments on the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing?

Cities and industry on the Moon and Mars? "2001" movie-style space stations with routine shuttles to the Moon?

Where should we be in three years? Ten? Thirty?

How can we recapture the imagination of the public and youth?  

What changes would you advise the next president to do?

Should NASA's budget be doubled (or more) as Neil deGrasse Tyson advocates?

Scrap the Asteroid Redirect Mission? Replace it with a Mars Flyby and a real plan and budget to make the Moon and Mars happen in the 2020s and 2030s?

Continue current plans?

Is it OK to let China capture the "firsts" of a Lunar base and a landing on Mars?

Space is our future and will be what we as a nation and space advocates demand.

Your thoughts?