posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 04:53 PM
First, I personally think that it is a great idea to establish a base on the Moon. It was a shame that after the series of Moon missions, we simply
stopped. There should have been a natural continuation of the program; establishing space stations, establishing a Moon base(s), exploration of the
Moon and the eventual harvesting of lunar resources.
As for establishing a Moon Base to protect the Earth of aliens, well, why not? But it would be more realistic to utilize the base on the Moon to be a
forward observatory for the assigned task of protected the Earth from errant meteors and asteroids.
However, the real reason that Bush has committed the US to establishing a base on the Moon is simple. China has announced it's own plan to develop
it's space technology and to establish space stations and a lunar base. Even though China is not an "announced" enemy of the US, there certainly
are enough differences between the espoused Chinese and American philosophies to credibly expect that the two behemoths or global superpowers will
eventually be at odds.
I would have hoped that the US and the European space programs could work together with China in the peaceful exploration of space beginning with the
Moon. It is a shame that although technologically advanced, the many nations on the earth have still not come to terms with global problems before
venturing into a new arena -- space.