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Back to the Moon For a Fraction of the Old Price: Gingrich is right...
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/3/12 | CHARLES MILLER

Posted on 02/02/2012 5:06:21 PM PST by BCrago66

As a former NASA executive, I am saddened by the media response to Newt Gingrich's proposal that we return to the moon. The mockery and ridicule does America a great disservice. Space exploration and development is an important national issue. It's not only possible and necessary to safeguard our future—it can be a lot cheaper than anybody dreams.

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1 posted on 02/02/2012 5:06:24 PM PST by BCrago66
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Only after the Chinese have established a permanent base on the moon and declared it Chinese “territory” will the American public wake up to understand how shortsighted this administration has been.


2 posted on 02/02/2012 5:11:20 PM PST by O6ret
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To: BCrago66
Space exploration and development is an important national issue. It's not only possible and necessary to safeguard our future—it can be a lot cheaper than anybody dreams.

Not only cheaper, but the benefits to this country and the world in technological advances will more than pay for the costs.

3 posted on 02/02/2012 5:12:03 PM PST by olezip
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To: BCrago66

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4 posted on 02/02/2012 5:12:28 PM PST by biggredd1
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To: BCrago66

I’ve got one question. Where’s my flying car?

We were promised flying cars in our future back in the 60’s, and it’s now 2012, so I figure they are way past due already. Before we even think about building a dang moon base, I want my flying car! /rantoff


5 posted on 02/02/2012 5:12:58 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: O6ret

Allen alda


6 posted on 02/02/2012 5:14:05 PM PST by Boardwalk
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To: O6ret

Yup, the Chinese will get there first and we will be stuck buying our moonrocks from Walmart.


7 posted on 02/02/2012 5:15:21 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: BCrago66

The Moon is the gateway to the rest of the Universe. Sort of like the Erie Canal was the gateway to the West.


8 posted on 02/02/2012 5:18:39 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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Not a subscriber and not going to at this time but I think see where it appears to be going and he is right. Newt a true conservative and a believer in free enterprize and our capitalistic system with a vision of greatness for America. A grand project such as this can not only be accomplished but provide jobs, profits and revenues to the government, a great bounty to great people and country.


9 posted on 02/02/2012 5:19:00 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: olezip

“...the benefits to this country and the world in technological advances will more than pay for the costs...”
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I want to see your math.


10 posted on 02/02/2012 5:21:03 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: BCrago66

I like the privatization that’s been taking place. I see the potential for government taking a smaller role but continuing the scientific push that advanced technology (and hence our lifestyle) more than anything.


11 posted on 02/02/2012 5:21:28 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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I’ve said it befor:IF a flying car could be built economically the government would add enough regulatory costs to kill it.

A flying car would give people way too much freedom for the liking of many.I’m not so sure milliuons of people in flying cars is a good idea.Envision the current traffic carnage in 3D.


12 posted on 02/02/2012 5:23:26 PM PST by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: Leep

A moonbase could be cheaply done ... the moon has water ... a base there is far less problematic than the ISS ,, resupply is easier with heavy lift rockets... (look up “260 inch motor”) .. sure we visited and planted a flag but we need a permanent presence ... starting an exploration from the moon is far more feasible than from the Earths surface..


13 posted on 02/02/2012 5:24:40 PM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: BCrago66

Arrogant, short-sighted Romney scoffed at it.

Only Newt Gingrich can turn this Republic around and not manage its decay.

GO NEWT!


14 posted on 02/02/2012 5:24:53 PM PST by onyx
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To: Boogieman

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/109522/20110207/flying-cars-terrafugia.htm


15 posted on 02/02/2012 5:30:28 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: BCrago66
Historically we were a country w/vision ...the Louisiana Purchase, Seward's Folly, the Intercontinental Railroad; the Wright Brothers; Atomic Energy; the Eagle ...now the only vision is Television and American Idol.

Oh well, I suppose if we attempted to colonize the Moon the damned enviroweenies would keep us tied up in court for so long that we'd eventually have to declare it a national monument and no one would be allowed to go near it.

16 posted on 02/02/2012 5:30:44 PM PST by Ozymandias Ghost
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“.I’m not so sure milliuons of people in flying cars is a good idea.Envision the current traffic carnage in 3D.”

Meh, if everyone had that attitude, we’d still be driving buggies. Or walking.


17 posted on 02/02/2012 5:35:59 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Repeal The 17th
“...the benefits to this country and the world in technological advances will more than pay for the costs...” -

I want to see your math.

There is no math. Benefits to mankind from technological advances cannot easily be quantified or planned. Some take place years after the normal election cycle in our Congress.

There are a myriad of technological advances that can be traced to NASA (and DoD) R&D. Many applications have no relationship to the intended applied R&D. They are unplanned.

Unfortunately our country has be dumbed down for so many years, that the concept is foreign to most. That is, it was difficult years ago to connect the dots. Today it is impossible. There was a time when the NSF was looking into the benefits of applied R&D to the population at large. I do not know what and whether NSF is exploring this avenue.

18 posted on 02/02/2012 5:36:19 PM PST by olezip
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Yeah, I’ve seen that, but that is not a flying car. That is a plane that you can taxi along the roads in. I want a flying car, like the Jetsons, or Bladerunner, or Back to the Future!


19 posted on 02/02/2012 5:38:01 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: biggredd1

What does your post have to do with this thread?


20 posted on 02/02/2012 5:42:08 PM PST by Eaker (Remember, the enemy tends to wise up at the least convenient moments.)
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