waiting for the hammock to dry

6 Comments!

  1. MikeAZ
    Posted July 21, 2019 at 5:09 am |

    While I will never claim to be an expert on space travel (though I am a great fan,) I do believe that the reason we never went back to the moon after 1972 was that there was no profit in it.

    The purpose of the Apollo program was not to put clumsy boots on the lunar ground. It was to find profit. We spent ba-zillions of dollars to get there and bring back rocks and dirt. These samples were examined and tested and disassembled in every way possible to figure out what value, if any, the moon might offer. If there were precious elements up there, waiting for Yankee ingenuity to come harvest, we would have begun doing it in 1972. and we’d have headed to Mars not long after that. If corporations could have made a profit from it, they’d have financed the trips themselves and they’d be rolling in the profits today.

    Don’t get me wrong. The idea of “scientific” exploration appeals to me. But it’s not going to get very far if it’s just a money dump. somewhere along the line, someone has got to begin making money.

  2. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted July 21, 2019 at 9:57 am |

    ^ Yeah, without some big commercial motive, more-Moon could never overcome “been there, done that,” VietNam, the Nixon assassination, and NASA needs a new thing.

  3. Patricia
    Posted July 21, 2019 at 10:28 am |

    Hasn’t NASA been given a new thing — making those who practice Islam feel better about themselves?

  4. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted July 21, 2019 at 12:50 pm |

    ^ Yesssss!
    and dammit !!!!
    (the KisP phrase for “Why didn’t I think of that?”)

  5. MikeAZ
    Posted July 22, 2019 at 4:51 am |

    4^:

    Not much profit in that, either.

  6. DougM (speak three names)
    Posted July 23, 2019 at 3:31 pm |

    ^
    *prophet