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Why is NASA going to the Moon? Read all about it....

The hows/whys of NASA returning to the Moon...
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/exploration/mmb/why_moon.html

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Why The Moon?

12.04.06

If you asked 100 people why we should return to the moon, you'd probably get 100 answers - or more! Over the past year, NASA posed this question not just to 100 people, but to more than 1,000 from around the world. Scientists, engineers, commercial entrepreneurs, space advocates, and the general public all provided answers to this intriguing question.

Starting with just their responses, NASA worked with 13 of the world's space agencies to develop a Global Exploration Strategy. The strategy explains why the global community believes we should explore space, how space exploration can benefit life on Earth, and how the moon can play a critical role in our exploration of the solar system. One of the primary activities the global space community pursued in 2006 was to answer the questions, "Why should we return to the Moon?" and "What do we hope to accomplish through lunar exploration?"
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I'll be honest about this...

In reply to: Why is NASA going to the Moon? Read all about it....

...I think the main reason we are making noises about returning to the moon is that China has been talking about going there. The original Apollo program was more about the Cold War and less about science. I'm a big enough fan of human exploration to say that whatever gets these programs on track is OK by me. I just have to question whether NASA has the capability of running a large-scale project anymore.

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;o) yeah, there's probably validity to that; voice opinion.

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If you pay U.S. taxes - send your ideas and interests on NASA to congress and tell your friends to do the same. It's YOUR space program!

If only for a couple full weeks the tech community comes out with their opinions, concerns, ideas, and questions about the space research and exploration by whatever space agency - that would make a LARGE impact.

If you'd like to do something exciting to put on your resume' and if you or others you know are able to set-up a conference in real-life, Second-life, etc. - go for it. I'd lend a hand and I'll let my other space industry pals in on it to.

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Go for the geopolitics, stay for the science

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Although I agree that the initiation for our return to the moon was the emergence of China as a competitor in space exploration, I do not think this discounts any of the exciting science that will take place. This is a win-win for the United States. For reasons that sadden me, the promise of long-term technological advance is not enough to motivate the government to support exploration, so now we have an incentive to get it done.

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Actually it's all explained in the old TV series....

In reply to: Why is NASA going to the Moon? Read all about it....

This wikipedia link talks about the old TV series where all is explained. I just lucked out and watched the entire series and found interesting coincidences such as the following items.

The Delta Clipper reusable single stage to orbit launch vehicle is found in one of the last episodes.

The moon shuttle concept is strangely reminiscent of the SpaceShipOne and the White Knight combo that won the X-prize.

Bob

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