The moon is old news as far as President Barack Obama is concerned.

USA/Landing humans on asteroids and Mars and eventually living indefinitely in space is the future for the American people of Earth.

That’s the vision of  the president who was born in 1961 when President John F. Kennedy declared that the United States would send a man to the Moon.

But that was then.

“Now, I understand that some believe that we should attempt a return to the surface of the Moon first, as previously planned,” Obama said at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “But I just have to say pretty bluntly here:  We’ve been there before.”

So, next stop asteroids.

Which begs the question — do we really want to be landing on those things? They seem like the space version of  bumper cars, whirling around and colliding with anything in their paths. What about all those movies of asteroids crashing into the Earth? 25143 ITOKAWA

My colleague who knows about such things assures me there has been a long-standing interest in landing on asteroids for scientific study.