Will We Ever Go Back To The Moon? Doubtful Says Human Space Flight Plans Committee
The Human Space Flight Plans Committee, appointed by Pres. Obama, has studied NASA’s budget and plans for the future and has reached the conclusion that there is no way we can go back to the moon by NASA’s target date of 2020 or even 2028. The “Vision for Space Exploration” signed by President George W. Bush in 2004, called for a return America to return to the moon by 2020.
President Obama seems intent on overturning every decision made by former Pres. Bush.
With the current budget projections for NASA, in order to meet the target date we would have to basically cancel the International Space Station, letting it fall to earth in 2016.
Shortly after Apollo 11 the Republican President Richard Nixon began cutting back the NASA budget, even cancelling two moon trips. NASA’s budget has fallen from 4% of the Federal Budget to a meagre .6%.
The Chairman of the Human Space Flight Plans Committee is Norman Augustine, a retired aerospace industry leader. Mr. Augustine has impeccable credentials being an Eagle Scout, a magna cum laude from Princeton, has a Master’s Degree, worked for Douglas Aircraft, LTV, Martin Marietta, and retired as CEO of Lockheed Martin in 1997. He has served as an Undersecretary of the Army and chaired the Advisory Committee on the Future of the US Space Program back in 1990.
Instead of returning to the moon, the Augustine Committee is examining some deep space options including a trip to one of Mar’s moons, Phobos, or an asteroid close to the earth, or going to a Lagrange Point outside the Earths magnetoshpere.
The bottom line is that America is not as great as she once was. You simply cannot supply “bread and circuses” to the masses, and health care, pay an severely overbloated bureacracy, fight two wars and go back to the moon. Especially when you have had economic nonsense from both political parties that has resulted in the bankrupting of America. The current financial crisis is but the gust front of the financial storm that is coming.
I am convinced that unless the LORD returns soon, we will self destruct as a nation, western civilization will fail-at least temporarily- and we are looking at a new Dark Ages. Like Rome in the third century crisis, our glory days are behind us, the barbarians are at the gate, our currency is near worthless, the patrician class doesn’t care and the hoi poloi are getting restless. The Decline of the Space Program is a symptom of a greater problem.
While certainly many of those on the political Left have long opposed NASA expenditures in favor of things like welfare, medicare, and other forms of “bread and circuses” and the conservative Libertarians have opposed NASA as being an unconstitutional use of money, I maintain that we must publicly fund space exploration. I look back to President Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark expedition as an example. and further back to the Columbus expedition funded by Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Great things that improve the lot of the great majority of the country happen when daring men go where no man has gone before.