"The committee members will meet with administration officials Friday and are likely to say that under current funding, there's no realistic way to get Americans back on the moon by 2020, which has been the goal since President George W. Bush signed off on the "Vision for Space Exploration" in 2004. The current NASA plan makes a moon landing in 2020 possible under the budget only if the agency de-orbits the international space station -- crashing it into the South Pacific -- in 2016."
I'd like to hear what anyone thinks NASA's goal should be in the next few decades. While it appears we don't have the funds to land on the moon or Mars, I think a better use or resources would be to use what we learned from living on the International Space Station to build a spacecraft capable of long duration space flight (to Mars and beyond) and faster transit times (use the new VASIMIR engine in development).
It looks like commercial launches of satellites can be taken over completely by companies like SpaceX, which is definitely a step in the right direction.
What do you all think?