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.