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Opening Arguments

To the moon, alas

moon.jpgHappy 38th moon-landing anniversary. I can still remember how stunning it was to see Armstrong take that first step and hear him speak those words. It was the greatest step ever taken in human exploration. What would the world be like today if we had used that as a starting point instead of . . . just . . . losing . . . interest? (Here's video.)

Posted in: History, Science, Travel


Sat, 07/21/2007 - 6:05pm

The Consiracy Theory folks believe that NASA was making movies not exploring space when the moon landing occurred.

NASA was protecting America's good name as the leader in the Space Race.

These folks want to know why it has been more than 30 years since we went to the moon.

Watch out for black helicopters!

A J Bogle
Sun, 07/22/2007 - 8:13am

I heard that George Lucas' first gig as a director was to do the special effects for NASA LOL.

Seroiusly though - the problem with Nasa is thats its become a political football, underutil;ized and underfunded.

A prime example is the Space Station - it is of dubious scientific value and appears to be more PR than anything.

The shuttle program as shown by the horrific Columbia and Challenger disasters is using 1970's technology and has turned out to be more expensive than conventional rocketry.

Not sure what it to be gained by going back to the moon - Mars seems like a much greater challenge and of more scientific and technological benefit

The lack of nary a mention of the anniversary of the moon landing in the media is indicative of the public and political apathy towards space exploration.