AUTHOR: Slublog DATE: 1/09/2004 10:35:00 AM ----- BODY: The Moon and Mars - I've long been a space nut. As a kid, I pored over every issue of National Geographic that contained pictures from the Voyager missions. My father woke me up early so we could watch the launch of the first space shuttle, Columbia. The loss of that shuttle, and of the Challenger, broke my heart. Needless to say, I was excited to hear that President Bush will announce a return to the moon and a future mission to Mars. Some will dismiss this as electoral-year politics (and it is), but it proves once again that Bush is not a president who does things in half-measures. This is a bold program, and I hope it reinvigorates NASA and the American spirit of exploration. --------