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Trump administration calls for putting Americans back on moon by 2024

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Trump administration calls for putting Americans back on moon by 2024

By Joey Roulette

 

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FILE PHOTO - An attendee watches a video showing U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as he speaks at AIPAC in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

 

(Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking on behalf of the Trump administration, announced on Tuesday an accelerated goal of putting Americans back on the moon within five years "by any means necessary," a challenge accepted by NASA's top official.

 

Pence, chairing a meeting of the administration's National Space Council in Huntsville, Alabama, declared, "We're in a space race today, just as we were in the 1960s."

 

NASA had previously been aiming to return astronauts to the lunar surface by the year 2028, after first putting a "Gateway" station in orbit around the moon by 2024 as a stepping stone for the next attempt at a crewed lunar landing.The U.S. Apollo program, the space agency's forerunner to the current effort at returning humans to Earth's natural satellite, tallied six manned missions to the moon between 1969 and 1972.

 

So far, only two other nations have carried out controlled "soft" landings on the moon - the former Soviet Union and China - but those were with unmanned robot vehicles.

 

"We will be the first nation to return astronauts to the moon in the 21st century," Pence said. "It is the stated policy of this administration and the United States of America to return American astronauts to the moon within the next five years."

 

Pence's remarks first caused some confusion over whether a "return" to the moon necessarily meant landing astronauts on the moon or putting them into lunar orbit by 2024. But NASA officials later clarified that a moon landing within five years was, indeed, the stated objective.

 

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a Twitter post: "Challenge accepted. Now let's get to work."

 

Bridenstine also said NASA on Tuesday had issued its first "task order" for commercial delivery services to the moon, adding that nine U.S. companies under contract with NASA were bidding to deliver the first set of science instruments and technical demonstrations to the lunar surface.

 

NASA has already set its sights on the moon's south pole for renewed human exploration, a region believed to hold enough ice water to be recovered for use in synthesizing additional rocket fuel.

 

The moon in turn is seen by NASA as a key stepping stone on the way to an eventual manned mission to Mars.

 

(Reporting by Joey Roulette in Orlando, Florida; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sandra Maler)

 

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space exploration is rational,

but this 'space race' with china is horribly childish

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

Pence's remarks first caused some confusion over whether a "return" to the moon necessarily meant landing astronauts on the moon or putting them into lunar orbit by 2024. But NASA officials later clarified that a moon landing within five years was, indeed, the stated objective.

The confusion is serious.

  • In August 2018, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that astronauts could fly to the lunar space station as early as 2024. The Deep Space Gateway was renamed the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in February 2018, when NASA made its 2019 budget request. That document also suggested that the International Space Station should conclude operations in 2024 to make budgetary room for the gateway.

https://www.space.com/43018-lunar-orbital-platform-gateway.html

  • In February 2019, NASA announced that it is planning to build the Gateway, a mini-space station that would orbit the moon — for no apparent reason. There’s no certainty as to when it would be built, what it would be used for or why it is needed. Half a billion dollars are already dedicated to the Gateway this fiscal year without any obvious plan to do anything with the money except spend it.

https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/commentary/build-moon-base-as-gateway-to-manned-mars-exploration/article_45588502-094b-11e9-86a4-8f29c97b03e6.html

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“space exploration is rational,

but this 'space race' with china is horribly childish”

 

 

Can you see the dark side from Earth ? Of course not. 

If Chinese set up a nuclear missile platform on the dark side, will not be visible from Earth. The problem is due to small gravity of moon, missiles don’t need to be large and could reach Earth fast and easy. It is possible to take nuclear missiles to moon by a not too big carrier. 

 

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Very easy to put more men on the moon for a few days but will achieve very little.

 

But for a sustainable and permanently maned scientific research base on the moon the following would be needed: 

  1. Rockets to launch Men (& women), supplies, and vast amounts of fuel, to; 
  2. Earth orbiting platform that is a hub for storage, assembly, repair and a transfer station.
  3. Space vans, reusable for travelling vehicles between earth and lunar orbiters (minimum 3, one for rescue if one breaks down and is one out of action).
  4. A lunar orbiter
  5. Moon landers (3 as per (3.) above)
  6. Moon Base(s) that could permanently be maned 
  7. Moon vehicles

All feasible but will cost probably a hell of a lot more than his "Wall", and probably the most expensive item being the earth orbiting platform, yet we have one already, the ISS  ...but it is internationally owned which makes more sense for it to be an international project.

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Build a wall first, men on the moon gonna do the USA no good. We already got space blankets and tang, nothing more good is coming from putting any more men on the moon. 

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The UK is getting ahead in the space race, and Pence knows it.

 

 

 

 

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How about instead of that pork bellie distraction we start getting serious about knowing the oceans it’s close and would be of benefit to mankind

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