Recently a reader asked 'What would you suggest for a new direction for Nasa?'

Ben's reply was....
I would establish the following set of goals for NASA.

1. Use for the International Space Station to conduct experiments in manufacturing and biomedical research.

2. Create a pilot program to build a working model of a solar power satellite capable of delivering at least 10 megawatts of electrical power to the ground.

3. Continue exploration of the solar system and stars with robotic spacecraft.

4. Use the experience gathered from goals #1  and 2 to develop a plan for human exploration of Mars.