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reply to post by greencmp
I'm not sure satellites should even be considered part of the "race" anymore.
Many countries with many satellites, common.edit on 4/14/2014 by Chamberf=6 because: (no reason given)
If the Russians want the Moon, I say let them have it. By the time we really need the Helium-3, we'll be able to get it someplace else. Otherwise, it's cold and dead and not very maneuverable, and as far as a strategic base is concerned, you can see them coming three days away. So much for the element of surprise.
Space exploration with anything other than robots is a waste of time and energy.
Just trying to encourage the Scottish space program!