I don't know about you, but I was kind of bummed when NASA decided that the moon wasn't cool enough to keep going to. I guess it's like any vacation locale... you go enough times and it just loses it's luster.
NASA has said it is not focusing it's efforts on landing on Mars. Mars is awesome and all, but here on the GovLoop team we can't help but think there are other projects that the brilliant minds at NASA should be focusing on. Here's our top 5 list.
5.) Trash Reduction - NASA obviously has cool ways of getting rid of waste up in space. It would be advantageous to start applying some of those methods down on the mother planet. Landfill is space anyone?
4.) Clean Water - There's lots of water on earth and we have people who don't have clean water to drink... that's crazy. NASA knows a few things about water filtration (we won't go into details).
3.) New Air Travel - Airlines are slowing dying or at least not turning profits. NASA knows a thing or two about getting somewhere fast I wonder if they could take a stab at speeding up commercial air travel and or making those flying cars we've been talking about since the 80s.
2.) Moon Colony - Maybe it's just us but it seems like we're giving up on the moon just to start over again in Mars. We know alot about the moon including that we can get there, why not just go for broke and actually work towards potentially living there or doing something with the accessible space.
1.) Ocean Real Estate - Exploring space is pretty cool but we basically have 75% of our own planet that we aren't using. I'd rather be able to live under water or have floating communities (besides Venice) rather than in space.
What do you think NASA should be working on?