The future in space  updated October 3, 2005  ©D. Carrigan (subject line must be sensible)

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NASA plans for the future

NASA science missions
The chart shows NASA's plans for  future science missions

Man has a role but for the distant future

Robotics along the lines of the 2004 Martian landers are important

A capability in space has enormous importance for astronomy and cosmology
  •     Spitzer Infrared Telescope (SIRTF) in operation
  •    James Webb 6.5 m optical telescope (JWST)
  •    LISA – constellation to look for gravity waves
  •    SIM – interferometry to look for exosolar planets
  •    Kepler - exosolar planets by transit
The US is by no means alone in pursuing science in space. European scientists and the European Space Agency have a full menu of opportunities mapped out for the next decade.
The venture into space over the last sixty years has had a dramatic impact as a tool of  planetary science and cosmology! New links are now emerging as tools to examine the origins of life.