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December 4, 2006


NASA To Establish Permanent Moon Base

I like it. It’s not fast enough for my taste, but it’s a good start.

NASA says it will set up polar moon camp

NASA may be going to the same old moon with a ship that looks a lot like a 1960s Apollo capsule, but the space agency said Monday that it’s going to do something dramatically different this time: Stay there.

Unveiling the agency’s bold plan for a return to the moon, NASA said it will establish an international base camp on one of the moon’s poles, permanently staffing it by 2024, four years after astronauts land there.

The key decision for NASA in its planning was whether to have a permanent settlement, and that drove other decisions, Dale said. Going with a permanent base was an outcome of NASA asking itself and more than 1,000 experts from 14 nations the questions: “Why are we returning to the moon and what we plan to do when we get there?”

Two key themes, according to NASA, were to prepare for future exploration, with Mars the next stop, and expansion of human civilization. Both NASA’s science and engineering communities agreed on a permanent outpost, an agreement rare for two conflicting sides of the agency, Horowitz said.

They’ve got the right idea. Getting off this rock is one of the most important things I can see in humanity’s future (and if it happens quickly enough, my own). But something tells me that we can do this faster.

At least, I don’t think “we” in the governmental sense can do it faster, but that “we” in the capitalist sense can do it faster. All you need are the right incentives. Go there, live long enough, and you own the moon. That sounds like a good enough incentive, if you ask me :-D

NASA couldn’t be reached for comment on this proposal.

NASA
Free market? We can’t hear you… LALALALALLALA! WE CAN’T HEAR YOU LALALALALA!!!”


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3 Comments

  1. Moondoggle Alpha (or “Pork: 1999″)

    I have absolutely nothing to say about NASA’s plan to build a base on the Moon by 2024 that I haven’t already sa…

    Trackback by A Stitch in Haste — December 5, 2006 @ 3:37 pm
  2. Capitalism may build it faster, but would as much science come from it? I’m thinking the genome projects.

    Comment by VRB — December 5, 2006 @ 5:15 pm
  3. NASA To Establish Permanent Moon Base

    NASA has announced plans for a permanent moon base. Construction would begin around 2020 when astronauts return to the moon.
    The base will be built at one of the moon’s poles, because of the mild climate with more sunlight. Four-person crews will s…

    Trackback by JRB Technology — December 7, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

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