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Friday, March 02, 2007

Why the Moon is Worth It?

Charles Krauthammer as an editorial at the Washington Post titled Music Of the Spheres Why a Moon Mission Is Worth the Money.

His basic premise is that our manned space program for the last 30 years has been useless. He puts it as, "[t]here's nothing quite as beautiful as the space station and the shuttle that services it, and nothing quite as useless."

He believes the Moon is useful since it is a "The moon is a destination. The idea this time is not to go to plant a flag, take a golf shot and leave, but to stay and form a real self-sustaining, extraterrestrial human colony."

He also points out that, "Humans can discover things through intuition and pattern recognition that machines thinking in algorithms cannot. Imagine the scientific possibilities if today we had humans patrolling Mars rather than the brilliantly programmed but still limited golf carts now roaming the surface."

Can't argue with it.

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