Monday, July 20, 2009

One Giant Leap for Mankind

It was forty years ago today that man first set foot upon the moon. The day that science fiction was made reality. Do you think we should resume manned space exploration or let the robots continue to do it? Should we go back to the moon or on to Mars?


  1. I'm torn on the issue. On one hand, I desperately want to see humans venturing back to the moon -- and then traveling even further. But at the same time, I only want us to do it if we're going to do it right. This means treating the moon as a means to an end, not a goal in and of itself. It also means spending money intelligently; NASA isn't an excuse for congressional pork.

    I missed the Apollo 11 mission -- not my fault; I wasn't even born! -- but I've watched as missions into space have devolved into what seems like busy work, a series of excuses designed to justify the agency's existence. It's time to inject some adventure into the mix. If we can do that, then yes, I'm 100% behind continued manned missions into space!

    Oh, and if we could bring back bubble helmets and maybe a ray gun or two, well, that'd just be icing on the cake!

  2. Hi ya Doug. I'm kinda torn on the issue like Doc but for much different reasons. The space program has given us some wonderful technology that has saved and improved countless lives. And I would love to know more about Mars.

    But, you know, we've done a lot of damage to this planet, and already junked up the immediate surrounding space with garbage and debris. What is the first thing we did to the moon after we landed? We left litter on it.

    Don't get me wrong. I love thinking about what others might exist out there and would love to for it to be explored. I just think maybe we should get our stuff together here before we go off exploring space.

    I wonder sometimes in a science fiction kind of way, what would happen if a fanatical faction went off on their own to say, the moon, planted explosives to fragment or throw it out of our proximity - probably our extinction...yeah, I know far fetched, but it's governmentally unregulated territory so you never know...

  3. Doc Atomic I agree that NASA needs a vision not just a short term target. Robots can send all the pictures and measurements they like but it just doesn't engage the imagination the way that a live person on the scene would. I think we can all use a little of that. BTW LOVE your blog!

    Cybercliper I heartily support your environmental vision but I strongly believe there is no reason we can't do both. It doesn't have to be an either/or situation.

  4. i think it is better in person than with robots and mars would be quite and accomplishment , but i would like to see them walk on the moon once more maybe stand near the original flag , if they dont continue the space program who knows what we may be missing out on in the future


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