Skip to comments.US ready to return to moon
Posted on 02/03/2014 2:39:35 PM PST by tom h
America is preparing to land a robot on the moon for the first time in four decades.
Nasa is looking for private partners to participate in the project that will see a new generation of rovers wandering across the moons surface.
The American space agency has set up a programme called Catalyst to exploit commercial opportunities offered by the moon.
It believes that eventually there will be a market for commercial cargo trips to the lunar surface.
"As Nasa pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, US industry will create opportunities for Nasa to advance new technologies on the moon," said Greg Williams, Nasa's deputy associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.
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If you never knew that this Obama-appointed clown, who has been running NASA for five years, said this, then you have to read it to believe it.
Charles Bolden, Moron Extraordinaire
Bolden’s dream is of sending a Muslim to the ISS so we can have the first act of terrorism in space.
How much will the Chinese charge us to put our rovers on their rockets?
I am all for this as long as they build a spacecraft big enough to get Obama and all his czars and department heads (wouldnt want to leave Eric the Holder behind) inside and there is only enough fuel for a one-way trip
I guess NASA is reacting to China going to the moon. Maybe someone finally realized we should have done something.
And the robot’s name will be Alice.
TO THE MOON!!!
Yeah, after Obama pushed for NASA to cancel future manned missions to the Moon.
I’ve learned to respond more directly to these agencies. Just yesterday I got a retweet from the New Horizons (Pluto probe) twitter feed when I said NASA should back off the earth sciences and get back to prospecting and pathfinding.
Well....that means that we can send Obama (and the First Ingrate) to the moon. One way, of course.
Not one man involved.
Obama attempting to tap into some Kennedy magic. Ain’t gonna work.
We just need to wait for the Chinese to finish ramping up their moonshots.
I don't think that rocket technology has advanced enough to build a vehicle with the lift capacity to boost Moochie into orbit.
On the other hand, just give the Big Choomer a bag of Maui Wowie and he will fly to the moon and back on a unicorn.
A rooner loever.
Not to be cynical or anything, but this sounds like a scheme to corral American private industry and make sure they either never get to the moon or only under the most stringent ideological bases and paying proper respect to the latest PC requirements.
I work at NASA. This guy is a walking, talking leadership vacuum. If he had any leadership qualities, he checked them at the door when Obama appointed him. No original thoughts, no original ideas, no confidence, nothing.
What's next, corporate sponsorship of aircraft carriers:
USS Pepsico CVN 94, Hey, it's the real thing!
One day Obama will not be President—and his leacholocracy will be at an end. Yes, a new birth of freedom will come and with it a renewed interest in space. I pray each day that this wonderful day will come—its like the Year of Juliblo!
Finally a market for those Chevy Volts!
It was a bad idea when Newt said it and it is an equally bad idea when Obama’s fanboys are echoing it. Our fed space program is demonstrating that reinventing the wheel is essentially the best it can do. We will be figuring out how to make actual Frankenstein monsters before the feds are able to place human colonies on Mars.
And not to mention that to live on Mars, we would have to go underground in caves. Same with the moon, but no gravity there to speak of, so things would be a bit messy. What’s the point of going to Mars in order to live in a cave? Right wing nutjobs do that here already. You know, the WTSHTF crowd?/s
Coinkydinky, surely !
Probably so it can be claimed by "The Universal Caliphate"!
Yeah, it’s amazing how many “conservatives” romanticize about this worthless bureaucracy. If you want relics from your boyhood, go buy some baseball cards and stop pretending that NASA is any better than the other remnants of the Great Society.
Meanwhile, private enterprise is due to put people in space in 2014!
With what? roman candles and some sparklers
I fully expect the first Obama regime lunar reports to show that the moon is made of cheese and that it's all melting because of Global Warming.
how will the muslim robot know where to bow, on the moon?
Speaking of green energy, Obama will push for an electric powered rocket to go to the Moon. That will put a lot of Americans to work. And he'll pay the Chinese to install an electric charging station on the Moon, for the return trip to Earth.
My dog owns nicer outfits than that.
No this is a great opportunity for our government, to actually do something useful.
Back to the moon!
I’m all for this. 100%.
Oh FRiend. I am SO sorry to hear that!
I watched the Apollo Program unfold and watched men walk on the moon. It was fantastic, inspiring technical innovation for generations!
It's sad - we are so capable, yet lack the vision and leadership to move forward in our accomplishments. What a waste.
You are a statist.
If you want to go to the Moon, support private industry that can actually do it. Without robbing me.
We need government to set the pace for America industry. Sure build up a civilian program, but keep on pushing from the government standpoint as well.
Our industry is useless right now. Go in any store, and all you find is “made in China”.
I’m all for our government being strongly involved in our space program.
We flat-out, completely disagree on this.
Aw, I was too slow.
I figured he had to be an Obama-appointed clown.
China’s Jade “Jack” Rabbit only lasted three weeks!
Yeah, sure we’re ready to “return” to the moon.... and for what.. to plant that godawful Obama flag by the Sea of Tranquility?
NASA - end it, don’t mend it. The future of space is private. Let’s not go backwards FReepers.
Great. The nation is $17 trillion in debt, bogged down in an unwinnable war, and being overrun by millions of invaders from Mexico.
I agree we need to stop spending American money, buying things from China.
We need to make things in America.
However I seem to be in the minority on this topic. Nobody in either party, seems to be for American jobs.
I am also (all) for America’s active, and aggressive space program.
I’m for American jobs, but not boondoggles to the moon. We can’t afford it anymore. If an expedition to the moon is all that important, private companies will make it happen.
But the government.. especially THIS government should stay clear of it.
“Didn’t everyone mock Newt Gingrich for suggesting during the primaries that we should go back to the moon? “
No, we mocked him for saying we needed to establish a colony there by 2020 and make it the 51st state when 13000 people were there and for him unveiling this program just before the Florida primary speaking (pandering) on Florida’s space coast.
The nation is $17 trillion in debt...millions of invaders from Mexico.
You could say we have "astronomical" debt and are being besieged by a "aliens".
I thought we no longer had a space program. I though Obama abolished it. I thought it was devoted to whining about global warming.
Here is the something from the 2013 post about Obama canceling money from NASA:
I did not go back to the way back machine on FReeRepublic but if anyone can it is even worse.