Presidential leadership is needed to form a space policy which will help achieve goals of landing crews on Mars starting in the 2030s. What should be made clear, however, is that the next president will not need to completely reinvent our national space policy.
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It is important not to reinvent the U.S. space program, especially concerning human missions to Mars. While everything is not perfect, we can’t afford another reset of national space policy when the next president takes office.