Are We Being Overly Cautious In Going Back To The Moon?
from the maybe... dept
Someone who prefers to remain anonymous writes “Check out Marshall Brain’s blog this morning. He writes about Bush’s plan to return to the moon. What Brain says is fascinating and right on target: “At the start of 1958, America had never had anything in orbit and NASA did not even exist…. Yet, despite our total ignorance and lack of technology, we went from NOTHING all the way to man-on-the-moon in just 11 years.” Then he looks at Bush’s plan to put us back on the moon in sixteen years and asks, what does this tell us? Despite all of the technological advancement since 1958, we are now SLOWER than we were!” While this is an interesting comparison, we certainly don’t know all the details surrounding the timeline and why it was chosen. If sixteen years means doing certain things right, rather than risking lives, then there’s nothing wrong with that. Also, if the plan is designed in a way that it’s not a “one-time” shot – but set up to further exploration, then it might make sense. Meanwhile, other science-fiction writers weigh in with both positive and negative responses to the plan.