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There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
Originally posted by Dagar
Let's see... you're categorizing my post as 'crap', calling me a clown, and basically telling me to shut up... did I leave anything out?
hmm... I'm sure someone around here said something about 'courtesy is mandatory' , or something?
Anyway, my post was slightly tongue in cheek, but the basic premise is (IMO) sound.
If the USA cut it's military spending, even just by a fraction, it could probably finance education, healthcare, rebuilding infrastructure, and space exploration.... and STILL have the most powerful military on the planet.
Just my opinion mind you... and not meant to cause offence to anyone.
Be at peace
Originally posted by Areal51
Space will not yield to uneducated and sick people.
Obama believes we should continue developing the next generation of space vehicles, and complete the international space station. While Obama would delay plans to return to moon and push on to mars, Obama would continue unmanned missions, and use NASA to monitor the forces and effects of climate change, support scientific research, and maintain surveillance to strengthen national security. Obama also believes we need to keep weapons out of space.
That is considerably different than what his original statement sounded like: rather than an additional five-year post-shuttle gap, this approach would appear to permit the continued development of a new launch vehicle and spacecraft (be it Ares/Orion or some alternative), but put on hold anything that would be used for lunar missions and beyond. That puts his approach closer to what Hillary Clinton proposed in October, although she did not endorse any specific delay in human lunar missions.