Tarry for the Nonce

September 16, 2005

Budget Plans

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:50 pm

I suppose this could almost be interpreted as hypocritical, considering how closely it follows my last post, but I am excited that NASA has a plan:

NASA briefed senior White House officials Wednesday on its plan to spend $100 billion and the next 12 years building the spacecraft and rockets it needs to put humans back on the moon by 2018 . . .

NASA’s plan envisions being able to land four-person human crews anywhere on the moon’s surface and to eventually use the system to transport crew members to and from a lunar outpost that it would consider building on the lunar south pole, according to the charts, because of the regions elevated quantities of hydrogen and possibly water ice.

One of NASA’s reasons for going back to the moon is to demonstrate that astronauts can essentially “live off the land” by using lunar resources to produce potable water, fuel and other valuable commodities. Such capabilities are considered extremely important to human expeditions to Mars which, because of the distances involved, would be much longer missions entailing a minimum of 500 days spent on the planet’s surface . . .

The U.S. Senate approved a $200 million budget increase for NASA Thursday.

For the record, I don’t find my position particularly hypocritical because advancing our knowledge of the galaxy at least moves us forward in science and technology and understanding. “Sparing no expense” to rebuild an underwater city does not seem to be forward-looking progress.

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1 Comment

  1. Sign me up…I’d like to live on the Moon for a spell (even if some people think I already do)…. and Mars…that would be awesome :o)

    Comment by Andrew P. — September 17, 2005 @ 4:30 am


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