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Moon Base Fever

Written by Gary North on January 30, 2012

Jon Stewart has some fun at the expense of Newt Gingrich. And why not? His moon base project is over the rainbow.

The idea of a moon base has been floated before. There is an organization, the L-5 Society, that this, beginning in 1975. It got nowhere, however. Its members do not call for a government-funded moon base. They thougt this can be a commercial venture. The moon has metals of value, they thought. These are not rare earth metals — more like rare moon metals.

If some capitalists want to fund this, more power to them. But after a generation with no moon landings, the government would have to start from scratch.

This project would drain high-value engineering talent out of the private sector. Why not use this talent to serve customers? Why should Americans be on the moon?

This is . . . I cannot resist . . . sheer lunacy.

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10 thoughts on “Moon Base Fever

  1. Gotta love the thoughtful, pun humor. Thanks

  2. Cliffystones says:

    "This project would drain high-value engineering talent out of the private sector."

    If this means the Hollywood studios I'm all for it!

  3. jammin2011 says:

    Well, sounds stupid, but we are overpopulating the earth, so is there a closer planet we can send people to?it

  4. Where would this Country be if JFK had not said I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.
    You would not be reading this on your computer.Dave

  5. You are so right, why did no one make fun of Kennedy when he wanted to get a man on the moon? We were much further from the ability at that time, for that idea, than we are now for some kind of base on the moon. These folks just want to make it sound silly so Newt will look bad, but his idea is not any crazier than Kennedy was, and it is certainly not outside the realm of possibility. As for the idea that it will 'drain engineering talent' is also stupid, one of the points of the challenge is to get kids and young adults dreaming about the possibilities and motivating them to take more math and science, we desperately NEED more science and engineering grads, and this kind of optimism will get kids to make those choices!

  6. hungry4food4u says:

    180 Reasons NASA Thinks We Should Have A Moon Base http://tinyurl.com/85xdcas
    Moon Idea good 1 Shuttle load a Year will Power USA electric Grid Radiation waste FREE GREEN energy http://tinyurl.com/c6l9qz

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  8. Maybe, maybe not. Space holds a lot of potential for man. From resources to providing more living space (surface or underground (due to atmospheric requirements)), there are a lot of reasonable arguments for venturing out into the void. However, there are those who would argue against it, not only due to fear of the unknown (such as illustrated in the film Appolo 18) or more practical concerns regarding Earh/humanitarian needs or fears about the use of resources (never mind the liklihood of recovering these resources and more in space). However, for all the arguments and all the irrational fears, eventually we will likely venture forth, if for no other reasons than overcrowding, dwindling Earthly resources and sheer curiosity. We have always been adventurers and ultimately there will be those who will find reason to (as Mr. Roddenberry so eloquently put it) "boldly go where no one has gone before." And once we get there, we will likely find we are not alone after all.

  9. Public_Citizen says:

    Paraphrasing an old observation on pioneers – The weak died on the way and the fearful [cowards] never started.
    Number one argument is that it always improves the race.
    The advances in science and technology spun off from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs are still expanding to this day.
    Space will belong to the strong and the non-cowards.
    You can put the Chinese right at the head of the line.

  10. Paul Trombley says:

    Public Citizen, why don't you want to pay for it yourself?