For many space engineers, the Space Exploration Initiative - the first President Bush's July 1989 call for a return to the moon and a voyage to Mars - was a process of rediscovery. Few knew about Apollo-era plans, so at first they opted for a costly lunar base design that helped to kill Bush's initiative. Had they known their history, however, they might have skipped right away to economical moon base plans based on designs a generation old. One such plan - put forward, alas, when it was already too late - was Boeing's 1991 Lunar Campsite.
"No-one gets an ironclad guarantee of success. Certainly, factors like opportunity, luck and timing are important. But the backbone of success is usually found in old-fashioned, basic concepts like hard work, determination, good planning and perseverance" -- Mia Hamm