Bob Walker On the Moon-Mars Plan
Walker said for the vision to become reality, “there has to be a public acceptance and a congressional buy-in.” He urged the broad space community not to divide and protect efforts that won’t move the new space agenda forward. There will be winners and losers in implementing a sharply focused plan, he said.
But if focus is lost, “it will be another 20 or 30 years before another President will step out to make a statement again,” Walker said.
“I really believe that if we can show that this program will create the base of knowledge off which we will build leadership, off which we will build new products, off which we will build economic dominance?then we?ve got a chance of having a program that?s not just a flash-in-the-pan, but is a program capable of being sustained for 20 or 30 years,” Walker said.