I'm all for going back to the Moon. It may cost a lot now and the short term benifits will be minimal, but if we want to start getting out into space
and doing more manned space exploration, this is how you start it. It will be rough, basic and cost a lot of money, but the more we do it, the better
and cheaper it will become.
I also really hate the "been there done that" attitude. Yes we've been there and we should continue to go there for as long as we can. Start
building an infrastructure to allow future projects to develop there. Once their is an infrastructure, i'm sure more corperations would find it
easier to set up industries on the moon (and in space in general). One could have all sorts of mining operations going on (and not just for He-3), you
could also set up refineries right there as well. One could even eventually have factories on the moon building spaceships or at least spaceship
parts. Also, setting up telescopes on the far side of the moon would be great. You'd get a much better picture from there than anything you could get
from on Earth or in orbit.
Frosty: You want better rocket engines? Well i'm very sure better engines would be developed sooner and faster, if space travel were to become much
more common. Their would be a much higher demand for something better and more efficient. Their isn't an urgent need for something better, yes it
would be nice of course, but there just isn't a strong need/demand for it at the moment.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
104 billion dollars.. to drive around on a big rock we've already driven on.. Wow.
What a waste
Meanwhile, back on Planet Reality, people are starving, people are dying to diseases, and every school in the nation is running in the
Yes, world peice where everyones happy and everything is fine. It's a nice fantasy and a very unrealistic one. As ShadowXIX implied,(which I think
you missed), it would take forever to solve all of the worlds problems.
If you really want try and solve a lot of those problems. Why not take the money from the War budget, use that to feed and shelter the poor and give
them a better education so that they can get jobs to support themselves? Why kill an industry and already employs many thousands of people already?
(Not just NASA, but all the companies that get contracts through NASA to develop things for NASA).
All the money that is spent on war seems like much more of a waste. It would seem to be much more logical to take from that then from NASA, but
that's never going to happen either.