12 June 2012
FWS Topics: Will We Ever Leave Earth?
Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu!...huh...maybe not...
It may seem pity, especially when examined by far future generations of humanity, but politics and nationalism have served to be powerfully tools of getting impossible tasks made possible, like the voyages of Columbus, the Spanish expedition to the Americans, and the US beating the Soviets to the moon in 1969. Could these same forces be able to motive mankind back into space? It seems it already has. The Chinese lunar exploration program (CLEP) has announced that they are going to the moon by 2025 or 2030. Oddly, NASA has announced that it would be remounted an lunar effort by the 2020's as well. This not by a random act of fate, the mere fact that the Red Chinese maybe beating the US back to lunar surface strikes a primal cord within our nation's psyche spurring us to recall those heady days when we, the United States, beat the Soviet bear to the moon, and to now beat the Red Chinese to the moon. Some think that if the US does not beat the Chinese to the moon, than NASA will up the stakes, and land on Mars or an asteroid first. That sense of nationalism could flow badly needed funds into NASA, and propel us further and further out, just the sake of being number one.
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