Human spaceflight: Skip the landings, panelists urge

07/31/2009 | NYTimes.com

Putting boots on the ground is less important than sending astronauts deep into space, according to the presidential panel charged with making recommendations for the future of NASA's human spaceflight programs. By cutting the need for expensive landing craft, NASA could send astronauts into ever-further corners of the solar system, panelists said Thursday during a public meeting in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The panel's final report is due by the end of August.

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