To The Moon

Again

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4261522.stm

Great idea, I wonder if the current and successive administrations will finance it though.

Man, that picture of the lander is so retro…

The United States will go to the moon again whenever China is seriously about ready to go to the moon. We’ve got a long wait.

From a man who knows:

Whitey on the Moon
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face and arms began to swell.
(and Whitey’s on the moon)
I can’t pay no doctor bill.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
(while Whitey’s on the moon)
The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
(‘cause Whitey’s on the moon)
No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
(‘cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
I wuz already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Taxes takin’ my whole damn check,
Junkies makin’ me a nervous wreck,
The price of food is goin’ up,
An’ as if all that shit wuzn’t enough:
A rat done bit my sister Nell.
(with Whitey on the moon)
Her face an’ arm began to swell.
(but Whitey’s on the moon)
Was all that money I made las’ year
(for Whitey on the moon?)
How come there ain’t no money here?
(Hmm! Whitey’s on the moon)
Y’know I jus’ ‘bout had my fill
(of Whitey on the moon)
I think I’ll sen’ these doctor bills,
Airmail special
(to Whitey on the moon)

-Gil Scott-Heron
black activist, rap pioneer, NASA troll :twisted:

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I understand where he is coming from. There is a lot of economic sense of launching a bunch of unmanned commerical rockets and building in orbit. One concern he totally ignores about his plan is that building in orbit is rather dangerous and expensive in its own right and there are limits at this time what type of construction we can do in orbit.

I think we should just continue to deplete all of earth’s resources, pollute it until it can’t support life and then, only then, let’s think about the future.