Originally Posted by SkepticDoc
I am not aware of any fusion nuclear reactors, it is the "Holy Grail".
On the other hand, there are small Thorium reactors in Universities, the Engineers need to work on scaling them up, the MIC does not support the Thorium reactors because they don't generate plutonium.
The Shuttle program got off the ground when the military funded it after it was modified for military payloads. If we are going to think strategically, instead of going back to the Moon, we should develop satellite protection technology for our own and offensive satellite "Killers" to disable the "others". The Chinese already claim they are able to blow up satellites.
BTW, I totally support NASA!
You may be right about fusion, but I hope no one ever supports me by insisting my funding would be better spent elsewhere!