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Moon Base Announced by NASA (2006)
National Geographic ^ | December 4, 2006 | John Roach

Posted on 02/02/2012 10:32:51 PM PST by CaptainKrunch

NASA plans to construct a solar-powered outpost at one the moon's poles, officials with the U.S. space agency announced today.

The lunar base is expected to be permanently staffed by 2024.

The outpost concept was chosen over a competing strategy similar to the 1960s and '70s Apollo program—a series of brief trips to the moon.

The moon base will allow for sustained human presence on the moon's surface and help the agency prepare for future missions to Mars and beyond, explained NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale.

 

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalgeographic.com ...


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Newt's having dellusions of grandeur aye?  Truthfully, we can't afford it.  Especially in light of the 16 trillion dollars of debt Barack the destroyer racked up for us to pay off.  Still, I guess not such a crazy idea after all.

 

1 posted on 02/02/2012 10:32:55 PM PST by CaptainKrunch
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To: CaptainKrunch

What Did Newt Knew and When Did Newt Knew It?


2 posted on 02/02/2012 10:39:18 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: CaptainKrunch

Love it. Newt once again vindicated. (I am a sucker for space exploration, finally The Won has done something I like, even if it is a boondoggle.)


3 posted on 02/02/2012 10:42:47 PM PST by erkelly (Never underestimate the stupidity of the stupid party!)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Too bad this country is so pussed out now that we’ll never get there until some other nation leads the way.


4 posted on 02/02/2012 10:45:59 PM PST by Utmost Certainty (Our Enemy, the State | Gingrich 2012)
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To: erkelly

Me too. Our company does space related work. I remember reading Tom Swift as a kid. Have been buying the books just to have them around later on.


5 posted on 02/02/2012 10:47:44 PM PST by MamaB
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To: CaptainKrunch

we could afford it if we didn’t have this Kenyan socialist usurper running our economy into the ground.


6 posted on 02/02/2012 10:51:45 PM PST by RC one (the majority of republicans agree, anyone but Romney.)
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To: RC one

What a waste of money. Since NASA has become so politically correct a base on the moon would just lead them to proclaiming man made climate change is proven once and for all.
On a more positive note, If past history holds during Al Gore’s upcoming trip to Anarticia, he will freeze to death and never be heard from agian. (See “Gore Effect”)


7 posted on 02/03/2012 12:18:41 AM PST by Wooly
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To: CaptainKrunch

This article’s from 2006. I thought Zero cancelled all of Bush’s space initiatives, and has his own “landing on an asteroid” plan in the works instead.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 12:27:51 AM PST by Cementjungle
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To: CaptainKrunch
Truthfully, we can't afford it.

All the space programs in history of this country pale in comparison to monies wasted by the government.

However it is politically acceptable, when money is short, to start cutting expenses not where they are most wasteful but where they hurt the taxpayer the most, and where the cuts are most visible. That's why when a town needs money it lays off police and firefighters, not the bureaucrats. They become tokens in the game of blackmail.

NASA is getting about $18B every year. The TARP alone was $700B - that would be enough to finance NASA for 35 years. We get results from NASA; what do we get from TARP?

9 posted on 02/03/2012 12:46:35 AM PST by Greysard
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The ROI would be ...astronomical.

Also, Newt's proposal was to work with the private sector in this...90%private sector funded.

The man has vision. Something completely lacking in 0 and romney.

Google Helium 3 and the moon.

10 posted on 02/03/2012 12:51:38 AM PST by Post5203 (Newter 0bama...The real Axis of Evil...Washington, New York City and Hollywood.)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Don’t tell Romney, he will fire them all!


11 posted on 02/03/2012 12:59:14 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Post5203
From Wikipedia:

Despite the many proposals, the limited advantages helium-3 provides for controlled fusion, the complex infrastructure required for lunar extraction, and the relatively modest cost of terrestrial production make it unlikely that extraterrestrial mining of helium-3 will ever be practical.

12 posted on 02/03/2012 1:20:21 AM PST by Kennard
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To: smoothsailing

Rarely any of the ideas Newt discusses are his own. He seems to know so much about what is being discussed by so many different government entities and private for that matter, that he tries to bring what he believes are valid ones to National attention and champion them. To me it seems that he is really in touch with our country.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 3:16:46 AM PST by castlegreyskull
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To: CaptainKrunch
From Lunar Pioneer 4

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away...

14 posted on 02/03/2012 3:41:45 AM PST by Prospero
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So the Russians are going to fly Americans up there. Ok, why not put out a sign, of free medicine and housing and the illegals will climb up there.
15 posted on 02/03/2012 3:42:03 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Prospero
From Lunar Pioneer 8

Admiral Alan B. Shepard, Jr., USN (1923-1998), the first American in Space and fifth human to explore the lunar surface as commander of Apollo 14 poses with the third of six U.S. flags deployed on the Moon between 1969 and 1972, February 5, 1971 [NASA/JSC].
16 posted on 02/03/2012 4:49:29 AM PST by Prospero
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To: CaptainKrunch

I agree we can’t afford it... at least not for the foreseeable future. Those grand, heady days of our leading the race to lunar bases and beyond are done. We’re now a country that, 10 years after 9/11, can’t even complete construction of a building over Ground Zero.

What say we concentrate on more pressing issues, like securing our southern border?


17 posted on 02/03/2012 5:58:34 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.Oh, let me gues)
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I agree we can’t afford it... at least not for the foreseeable future. Those grand, heady days of our leading the race to lunar bases and beyond are done. We’re now a country that, 10 years after 9/11, can’t even complete construction of a building over Ground Zero.

Why can't you see that is a choice? Yes, sitting there with a stupid look on your face for ten years is a choice.

A lot of what is going on with these grandiose, end of the world entitlements is happening because of a leadership vacuum. When they were set up, their growth was made the default non-decision. And so for forty years there has been no leadership to change the issue.

It is ludicrous to be saying we can't afford to go to space while we do nothing about entitlements. We can't afford the entitlements!

18 posted on 02/03/2012 6:09:58 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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We can't afford the entitlements!

True, but in New America, entitlements are prized far more than space exploration.

19 posted on 02/03/2012 6:17:50 AM PST by ScottinVA (Liberal logic: 0bamacare mandate is acceptable... but voter IDs are unconstitutional.Oh, let me gues)
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To: CaptainKrunch

NG hasn’t been listening to Mark Steyn. We aren’t going to the moon or anywhere else except the poor house.

Don’t they understand THERE’S NO MONEY!


20 posted on 02/03/2012 6:27:11 AM PST by RoadTest (There is one god, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.)
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