posted on Dec, 13 2006 @ 11:16 AM
This article discusses NASA's new Lunar Plan in brief detail and explains how NASA plans to incorperate international and corporate interests to
contribute to the project. The new approach is explained as being different to the one take with the international space station. A foreign official
said with delight, "The overall approach was very un-NASA," The article goes on to say that in the next year expect to see plans on which
architecture to go with and within the next few years expect to see other space agencies sign on with this plan.
HOUSTON, Texas -- U.S. space exploration plans came into sharper focus with NASA’s announcement that it intends to lay the first pieces of an
international lunar outpost at the Moon’s north or south poles starting around 2020.
For spacefaring nations considering joining the United States on the Moon, NASA’s unveiling of a fairly detailed lunar exploration plan—highly
tentative though it may be—was a small but important step toward international collaboration, experts here said.
NASA’s proposed lunar architecture—essentially, a rough plan to scout the Moon with robotic trailblazers before sending astronauts and more
machines to lay a foundation for a permanent outpost at one of the lunar poles—is the United States’ response to an overarching Global Exploration
Strategy that emerged this year from a series of international meetings involving 14 space agencies and more than 1,000 people including government
officials, business executives, scientists and other experts, NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale said during a Dec. 4 press conference here.
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Personally, I think this is just what NASA needs to do, open itself up to foreign investment and think tanks. The more open NASA is the cheaper it
will cost the average American and the more it will help the average American. By sharing the cost NASA can afford to take on endeavors as big as
Finally, I don't like the idea of "pod" bases on the moon. Why can't they get an earth mover to bore tunnels or have nano-brick factories on the
moon, "pods" seem so dated for me. I know cost is an issue, but sometimes if you do something right the first time in the long run you spend a lot
[edit on 12/13/2006 by Gools]