posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 07:28 PM
reply to post by phi1618
Are you serious? You think we could go all the way to Mars and then land there but we couldn't go just down the road to the Moon?
I for one think that going back to the moon is the most logical next step. Mars isn't a few days away and the Moon will give us a good place to
perfect the equipment that we will need to go onto Mars. If there is a problem with a space suit or a robot or a rover or anything else it will take
around 6 months to a year to get back from Mars. That could mean death to the crew or at the very least a waisted mission and about a year of the crew
not getting any work done and instead just waiting to go back home. The moon is a great place to test this stuff and figure out ways to repair things
when they break down.
The Moon also has other things that are worth going back for. Astronomers have long since wanted a telescope array on the far side of the moon. Helium
3 is the reason most talked about and is so rare on earth that it would actually be cost effective to mine it on the moon. Some may think it's a
dirty word and some current treatys may need to be renegotiated but nuclear testing is another reason. The moon would be the perfect place to test new
ways of producing energey and propulsion systems that use nuclear fuel.
Soon China, Russia, and others will be landing on the Moon and starting outposts. I can't imagine that the US would let that happen without being
there as well. Plus you have private enterprise nocking on the Moons door. I can't imagine the US would just let people do what they want. Sooner or
later we will have to set up some sort of government and law enforcement / security inspectors on Luna. May sound a little silly right now but it's
really not that far off.
Anyway, I read an article a few weeks ago on space.com that says that same pannel said "we don't have enough money to do anything interesting in
space" . I hope that's not true and I'm anxiously awaiting to see what direction Obama will take us in, but according to the pannel that is making
suggestions to him it looks like for the next 8 years or so we 'prolly won't be doing much of anything.