In the house where I grew up, The front page of a framed newspaper Looming over us. "A man on the moon"He declared cheerfully, in an enormous sense, of great importance appropriately." The subheadings included ""It's very beautiful here … a soft and wonderful surface""Of course,"A giant leap for mankind"He said.
One jump forward, three steps back. That newspaper was dated fifty years ago today, and I write this. Apollo 17 – "More recently, humans have traveled beyond the low Earth orbit"- occurred in December 1972, the date on which the vast majority of humanity was not born today.
Traveling to space is not science fiction. It's a collection of history books, from last year, from black and scratched black TV, from the cover of my youthful newspaper.
what happened? I mean, a lot, but in the end the costs were too high, the tangible benefits were not very high, and the space shuttle was too much An endless disaster from start to finish in everything.
what happened after that? Well, we have a quick answer: we get back! America will land the first woman on the moon by 2024! at all!
… You are absolutely right to be very skeptical.
There are many "moon exploration buildings", or ways to return to the moon. My friend Casey Handemar, a physicist, space enthusiast, and former lift engineer, classifies them This blog post is excellent A few months ago. One is NASA's Moon Gate, which will place a space station in a high moon orbit, from which the moon will land and return.
Is this a good idea? Well it to idea. But it's better to have a plan and make progress on this, right? right? … Except for the past few months, I have seen a wave of confusion and confusion which makes NASA's lunar program much like a headless chicken more than a grease machine running smoothly.
first, An unsigned document of five pages, Full of grammar and amazing misspellings like
There is no viable way to redesign it or any other heavy left rocket to move more landing elements on the moon
(!) Was shared by the "Gateway Program Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston" mentioned Ars Technica. (Casey wrote Explanation Of this questionable document, if you want to see that it has been dismantled in detail.) Then, earlier this month, NASA Reduced and replaced executives responsible for the exploration of human space.
Does this sound like a moon project's acceleration action to land on time, on time? Or is it like a bureaucratic disaster that crushes frantically while failing to reach anywhere at all? "As is the case, a few experts believe NASA's plan to return to the moon in 2024 is possible," Fox says. do not say.
I would be very happy to see a woman walking on the moon in 2024. But I do not quite breath. By 2032, it will be sixty years, three generations, between moon exploration. Some people believe that we should not go back at all, because there is so much importance to be done here on Earth. I do not agree very strongly, but I think they may still agree that it would be sad to lose one's belief if, when we get to the moon the next time, there will be no one to remember the last time.