US won’t be returning to moon, NASA chief says (Obama Strikes Again)

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#1 Apr 8, 2013
America won't be repeating that historic one small step anytime soon -- not according to NASA chief Charlie Bolden, anyway.

"NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime," Bolden told a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington last week, according to Jeff Foust of SpacePolitics.com . "And the reason is, we can only do so many things."

Instead, he said the focus would remain on human missions to asteroids and to Mars. "We intend to do that, and we think it can be done." Meanwhile, interest in the moon has been growing in both the private sector and in foreign countries.

Last week, Russia rekindled its plans for a robotic moon exploration program, unveiling its first new moon mission since the Soviet Union launched Luna 24 in 1976. Russian space scientists are scripting a new plan to reconnect with the moon, one scientist explained.

"Exploration of the moon is an important part of the program," said Igor Mitrofanov of the Institute for Space Research during Microsymposium 54 on "Lunar Farside and Poles — New Destinations for Exploration," held in The Woodlands, Texas, on March 16 and 17.

'I just want to emphasize that Russia is a spacefaring country not only with the robotic but also manned flight," he added.

And private interest in the moon as a resource is heating up. Several companies have announced plans to mine the moon, thought to contain a ransom in precious minerals including titanium, platinum, and helium 3, a rare isotope of helium that many feel could be the future of energy on Earth and in space.

Moon Express, one of the companies targeting the moon and competing in Google's Lunar X Prize to reach our satellite, recently said it plans a mission to begin exploring the moon in 2015.

In his remarks last Thursday, NASA's Bolden acknowledged the widespread interest in the moon from other nations, and said his agency would be willing to help.

"They all have dreams of putting humans on the Moon," he said. "I have told every head of agency of every partner agency that if you assume the lead in a human lunar mission, NASA will be a part of that. NASA wants to be a participant."

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#2 Apr 8, 2013
As of today, the Astronaut Corps numbers 53, down from 150 twelve years ago.
Obama's deconstruction of American leadership continues unabated.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#3 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
As of today, the Astronaut Corps numbers 53, down from 150 twelve years ago.
Obama's deconstruction of American leadership continues unabated.
The left has always wanted the space program to be internationalized.

NASA encourages things like American exceptionalism.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#4 Apr 8, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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The left has always wanted the space program to be internationalized.
NASA encourages things like American exceptionalism.
Today, it's Muslim outreach.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#5 Apr 8, 2013
That just opens the door for private industry to take over. Isn't that what you guys are all about?
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#6 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Today, it's Muslim outreach.
Why do you always have to turn the conversation to The Pope?

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#7 Apr 8, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
That just opens the door for private industry to take over. Isn't that what you guys are all about?
Perhaps we should turn the military over to the private sector...

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#8 Apr 8, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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Why do you always have to turn the conversation to The Pope?
The Pope's not doing it on your dime, nor is he throwing the Church's future under the bus.
Try again, girly.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#9 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Perhaps we should turn the military over to the private sector...
Right. Because NASA is a constitutional obligation of the government, right?

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#10 Apr 8, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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Right. Because NASA is a constitutional obligation of the government, right?
Neither is the Department of Education. But it can be argued that NASA serves a military purpose...

Regular space shuttles have on occasion carried out missions for the military. It is noteworthy that NASA and the DoD agreed on delivering Discovery to Vandenberg AFB, first in May 1985 and then in September of that year. Discovery would have been dedicated for military and civilian flights from Vandenbergs' SLC-6 launch complex. The schedule slipped until the Challenger Accident in January 1986. In the wake of Challenger, on December 26, 1989 the Space Shuttle Program at Vandenberg was terminated by the USAF.

Military Shuttle flights were conducted from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the last dedicated mission being STS-53 in late 1992, deploying a military SDS B-3 communication satellite. Some military payloads have been flown on regular civilian Shuttle missions afterwards.
http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03f...
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#11 Apr 8, 2013
Instead, he said the focus would remain on human missions to asteroids and to Mars. "We intend to do that, and we think it can be done." Meanwhile, interest in the moon has been growing in both the private sector and in foreign countries.
Good move. America and NASA pioneered the way to the moon, and now they will do the same with Mars and the asteroids. President Obama gets it right again!
David Bowman

Columbus, OH

#13 Apr 8, 2013
It's a government cover-up! We stopped going to the moon because of those damned black monoliths!

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#14 Apr 8, 2013
David Bowman wrote:
It's a government cover-up! We stopped going to the moon because of those damned black monoliths!
We certainly won't be getting anywhere near Europa, either. We will attempt no landings there.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Neither is the Department of Education. But it can be argued that NASA serves a military purpose...
Regular space shuttles have on occasion carried out missions for the military. It is noteworthy that NASA and the DoD agreed on delivering Discovery to Vandenberg AFB, first in May 1985 and then in September of that year. Discovery would have been dedicated for military and civilian flights from Vandenbergs' SLC-6 launch complex. The schedule slipped until the Challenger Accident in January 1986. In the wake of Challenger, on December 26, 1989 the Space Shuttle Program at Vandenberg was terminated by the USAF.
Military Shuttle flights were conducted from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the last dedicated mission being STS-53 in late 1992, deploying a military SDS B-3 communication satellite. Some military payloads have been flown on regular civilian Shuttle missions afterwards.
http://www.thelivingmoon.com/45jack_files/03f...
It can be argued that agriculture and oil production serve a military purpose. So what?
Duke for Mayor

Uniontown, OH

#16 Apr 8, 2013
The old Pope is a money launderer for the Mob, and the new Pope is complicit in hiding the evidence.

Gotta watch those thieving Catholics around large sums of money...and little boys.

woof

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#17 Apr 8, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
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It can be argued that agriculture and oil production serve a military purpose. So what?
Do they directly engage the enemy?
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#18 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Do they directly engage the enemy?
Did Neil Armstrong?
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#19 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Do they directly engage the enemy?
More importantly, do they have the courage to register fake names on the Topix forum?
Duke for Mayor

Uniontown, OH

#20 Apr 8, 2013
David Bowman wrote:
It's a government cover-up! We stopped going to the moon because of those damned black monoliths!
The cheese was spoiled.

woof
Duke for Mayor

Uniontown, OH

#21 Apr 8, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>Do they directly engage the enemy?
Why?

woof

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