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Post time 2003-12-5 09:24:41 |Display all floors
To The Moon? Bush Said To Want New Lunar Program

UPDATED: 7:35 p.m. EST December 4, 2003

President George W. Bush may be preparing to put the United States back on the path to the moon.

Several news Web sites -- especially those from the United Kingdom and Australia -- reported that manned missions to the moon could result in a permanent presense on Earth's only natural satellite.

It would be the first time in more than 30 years that people walk on the moon.

News.com.au reported that Bush will make the announcement either on Dec. 17, the 100th anniverary of the Wright brothers first flight, or in his State of the Union address in January.

White House Pres Secretary Scot McMellan said Thursday that no policy announcement regarding the space program are expected "in the near future."

The United States is the only nation that has landed people on the moon. In July 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the lunar surface, as part of the Apollo 11 mission, which eventually included five other lunar landings.

The lunar program was brought to public attention in the 1960s as the United States sought to catch up in the space race with the Soviet Union, which had launched the first manmade satellite, Sputnik.

In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy told Congress, "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."

NASA says that program cost a total of $20 billion.

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Post time 2003-12-5 10:37:40 |Display all floors

baby bush's lunatic program

woo the voters,but a waste of voters money

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Post time 2003-12-5 12:48:51 |Display all floors

Waste of money? They don't have to spend a cent more than they are already.

In real dollars, the funding for NASA was only 10% more per year during Apollo than it is now. This is easy to verify - just look it up.

The problem with the space program in the US is not that it's underfunded, but that it's not destination driven.

For example - to go back to the Moon, or even on to Mars, all the engineering required would be to pull the orbiter off the STS stack, attack a payload fairing and upper stage, and you'd have a 100-tonne-to-LEO class launcher. All of this engineering has, of course, already been done at Lockheed Martin and other places.

So, no new major hardware except the "tin can" to take the astronauts. And with the advances in miniaturisation over the last 30 years, I am sure there'd be a lot more "bang for the buck" as far as capability.

So, it can be afforded, the only difference will be pulling the money out of the space station program (a useless boondoggle which nevertheless attracts funding because of where the money is spent in the US) and picking where you want to go!

The only thing needed is political will, and the ability to say "Yep - that Shuttle sure was a dumb idea!"

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