It may get people excited about
space exploration again. Next step:
Manned space travel should be
pretty low on our list of national
priorities right now. Our infrastructure is crumbling, schools
are underfunded, our jails are
overcrowded, mass shootings are
happening all the time, we’ve been
fighting different versions of the
same war for 16 years and we have
citizens dying from drug overdoses
and suicide at an alarming rate.
How would a moon mission solve
any of these problems?
Not only will it pay off with scientific advances that can benefit
humankind, but if we in the USA
don’t go, we will fall behind other
nations that will.
Maybe we should take care of the
planet that we live on.
—Brenda Welsh Wilson
Former rocket scientist here. A
return with advanced robotics
would be wonderful and certainly
help us better understand the
moon’s history as well as that of
our own planet. A manned return,
to me, would be a poor move as
the complexity and cost are orders
of magnitude higher. We have also
relatively recently learned more
about the long-term effects of zero
and low gravity on humans; the
news isn’t very good.
Only if there will be a Costco there.
After a 240,000-mile journey, people
will need a hot dog and soda. And
Should we return to
AS THE 50th anniversary of Apollo 8’s historic lunar orbit approaches
later this year, NASA is planning to repeat the feat with an unmanned
mission in 2019. Proponents say it will help to restore the United
States’ dominance in space exploration and begin preparing us to
travel beyond, possibly to Mars. Opponents to the plan cite a “been
there, done that” attitude, and the astronomical cost.
What do you think?
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