Gregg Easterbrook, a space program aficionado, analyzes the Bush Moon-Mars plan and says the cost has been grossly underestimated.
Easterbrook writes: So far all money numbers announced for the Bush plan seem complete nonsense, if not outright dishonesty. We shouldn't expect George W. Bush himself to know that $12 billion is not enough to develop a spaceship. We should expect the people around Bush, and at the top of NASA, to know this. And apparently they are either astonishingly ill-informed and naove, or are handing out phony numbers for political purposes, to get the foot in the door for far larger sums later.
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.