According to the board's findings, NASA still falls short on safety recommendations it agreed to fulfill before any of its shuttles are re-launched. NASA's troubled return to space has raised new doubts about the need for space exploration at all.
Landing on the moon was a top priority for the U.S. in the Cold War years. Today, NASA seems to lack a vision for the years ahead, and many are asking if space exploration has lost its appeal and if the risks and costs are worth it in a world troubled by a host of Earth-bound problems, both at home and abroad.
Hear a discussion on the future of NASA and its space exploration missions.
Traci Watson, NASA reporter for USA Today ;
Andy Chaikin, science writer, author of "Man on the Moon";
Bruce Murray, former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory;George Abbey, Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University. From 1995 to 2001, he was director of the Johnson Space Center. He is also co-author of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences study "United States Space Policy: Challenges and Opportunities."
This program aired on June 28, 2005.