Only the continuation of the research
"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
Second, if someone doesn't "whine" about cutting trees the logging industry in the USA would already be extinct.
And last, what was so ballsy about democrats pre-Kennedy assassination? You mean because JFK tasked NASA with getting us to the moon before the Russians or because of the Cuban Missile Crisis?
They can be targeted by nations with ICBM's. Change missiles a bit, if at all... and just retarget.
They take MUCH longer to reach Earth, hence China/Russia launches and we are dead in 30 minutes while they have a couple of days to relocate...
...and I have to ask, water on the moon for what, beyond perhaps helping moon colonists grow plants and survive... what? Bring it to Earth?
You can't be serious.
2) There's no air to transmit nuclear shock waves, thus greatly reducing the effect of weapons aimed at those silos.
3) The weapons can be launched from the moon electrically without tell tales heat signatures signalling the launch.
4) The missiles arrive on target at 25,000 mph. or more, depending on launch parameters., much faster than standard ICBM's
And, no, they don't have a "couple" of days to scatter. An inert bomb can be accelated at higher rates than human cargos, and the bomb will not be following the minimum energy Hohmann orbits required by the Apollo missions because of weight contraints. If the rail gun flicking the missiles out can acheive a muzzle velocity of 15 km/s, it's possible to hit the earth in a matter of half a day or less.
Or, it's possible to flick them out so they land in over a week, spreading wonderful poisonous cobalt across the enemy's entire country if they don't surrender immediately.
Vengeance weapons are like that.
Water on the Moon would be the most valuable solar system resource ever. It would make lunar colonization possible, and yes, men will always be able to do what robots and telerobotic gadgets cannot. If there's enough water, it can be used directly as fuel, otherwise, it's used to supply the colony and the ships passing through.
Poll 38 to 6 in favor of continuing. Motion carried, manned exploration of space will continue.
Seriously, are none of you opposers excited about the idea of a new frontier to colonize? If not for yourself and your kids, for your grandkids or great-great's?
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"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
The government should be spending that money on Earth, not in space.
I guess they never figured out that NASA doesn't actually take that money up in crates and scatter it among the aliens.
Man shouldn't pollute the pristine environment of the moon.
Yeah, I've heard 'em actually say that.
The money should be spent on something useful, like welfare.
I've never had a use for burdens living at the expense of others, outside of votes, I'm not sure what the Left gets from them, either. Probably guilt, for which they need my money to assuage.
They've got an unlimited supply of truly stupid excuses.