Furthermore, the moon "real estate" is worthless, and will be for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and you can't truly claim real estate just by sticking a flag in the ground or building a base. If we build a base somewhere on the moon, that leaves plenty of open space on the moon and some other country could easily build elsewhere if they had the desire and ability to do so.
And so that necessitates us going there right now (as opposed to a few decades hence)...why?Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar
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I think going to the moon, at this point in history, is a waste of resources. I'd rather see a government program, on a grand scale like this, researching and developing future sources of fuel for transportation and electricity. The human race also needs to stop growing in numbers, this is another imperative.
I wonder why Athens sent out colonies around the Mediterranean? And colonies were so damn bad the British never established any, right?
LCROSS proved the existence of H20 on the moon.
I guess the proper way of claiming real estate is to buy it from the natives, right?
Could the US claim the whole damn moon? Nope, not practical. I hope I didn't come across as saying the US should try that. That would make an awful mess. It's not impossible, just very difficult and it would lead to war.
Should the US claim the bits and pieces it can grab and hold onto, like areas with H20 and commercially viable ore deposits? You bet your ass it should.
Because...we're not going there now, we're going there "a few decades hence"....but if that idiot Messiah stops the program, that few decades lost will make the difference and someone else (China) will grab the best real estate for themselves.
Know one of the reasons Germany felt inferior before WWI? France and Britain and the Dutch and Spain were centuries ahead of them and colonized all the good spots. By the late 19th Century, Germany made some forays into Africa, and that was about it. Germany never became a significant world power, and never will.
The US is not a major world power, the US is THE major world power, and it won't stay there unless it's plans ahead and ACTS on those plans.
Secondly, we have already been to the moon. From the scientific effort required to accomplish that amazing feat came many breakthroughs, esp in computer technology. It was the process of reaching the goal of setting foot on the moon that brought new discoveries. The moon itself is a lifeless hunk of rock which requires a great deal of energy to reach, with supporting life at a most basic level being very difficult and expensive.
What is valuable to the human race is carbon-based life, not lifeless celestial bodies with no breathable atmosphere.
All we have to do to get the US back to the moon is to give Al'Quaeda a surplus rocket. At that point our sense of nationalism will do the rest.
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