Last night the moon was not only full, but it was about as close to the Earth as it will be all year. Looking up at its magnificence in the night sky, one cannot help but feel a sense of loss in knowing that President Obama does not want us to go back there.

Word has leaked out that Obama's budget will call for scrapping plans to go back to the moon or on to Mars. As I have written elsewhere, this shows President Obama's horizons aren't very high.

Charles Krauthammer has been excellent on this point, in these pages and elsewhere. Thankfully, those with hearts more bold and adventurous have shepherded our space program in the past. But, unfortunately, President Obama's world-view appears to be rather earth-bound.

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