President George Bush may announce the plan, named Project Prometheus, at his State of the Union address on January 28, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. It would commit the US to the exploration of Mars as a priority and herald the development of a nuclear-powered propulsion system. The first voyage could take place as soon as 2010.
If Bush does make a maned Mars mission a priority, as Kennedy did with the Moon missions, he might be able to pull a positive Presidental legacy yet. I don’t really think he would support something like this but stranger things have happened.