Since just about everything I post on other blogs gets removed the only recourse to keep my opinion from being disappeared is to post it somewhere where it cannot be deleted. That would be here. Unfortunately I cannot cite the article or comment I am commenting on or replying to as I have been “warned” against doing so.
October 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm · Reply
I suggest a grass roots campaign to re-fly the Apollo 8 mission in 2018, a half a century after human beings first left the gravitational field of Earth; a symbolic restarting of the space age.
October 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm · Reply
(Someone replied that it was a great idea but not very likely to happen)
October 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm · Reply
Well…It’s not probable, but it’s not impossible either. Maybe if the hobby rocket blows up again and SpaceX goes out of business and NASA suddenly decides the space station to nowhere should be decommissioned now- as originally planned- and Mars gets put on the shelf as the “horizon goal” and the Moon becomes the new destination.
If the space agency was honest with the public about the effects of cosmic radiation on astronauts and admitted that Mars is a ridiculous fantasy, at least until a cislunar infrastructure is created, and that the flexible path is not practical- all that is left is the Moon.
Low Earth Orbital assembly using inferior lift rockets is a dead end. It is a hopeless mess compared to just going direct to the Moon with a SHLV like the SLS. The only resource that is going to allow humans to explore further into the solar system is the ice on the Moon. That is the reality that the present regime wants to keep hidden. We can only hope the next President does not have Lori Garver as her space adviser. Might as well rename it the space tourist agency.