10 thoughts on “Rebooting The Moon”

  1. NASA isn’t ready to do anything on the Moon and they likely won’t be when people next set foot on the Moon.

    Can NASA rapidly iterate EVA suits while on the Moon? They won’t have a perfect solution right away but are they capable of producing suits fast so that success and failure can be capitalized on?

  2. I think NASA is focused far too much on landing the first woman and person of color on the moon. They are obsessed with sex and race, maybe because gender studies majors can’t get past the fact that everyone who landed on the moon was a white man.

    Well, because the Russians dropped out of the race, everyone who landed on the moon was either Catholic or Protestant. As far as I can tell, no Greek or Russian Orthodox have been there. Further, there’s never been a Druze, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Confucian, Hindu, Jainist, Shintoist, Taoist, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Mayan, Wiccan, pagan, or any follower of a Native American religion who’ve walked on the moon. I don’t think we’ve even had a moon-god worshipper on the moon, which is a glaring oversight and evidence of NASA’s continued ignorance and bigotry.

    1. They do seem to spend an inordinate amount of time talking about checking off boxes on a woke scoresheet.

    2. The article pretty much lost me right there, too. It is clear what NASA thinks is important about this mission architecture: race and gender goals.

    3. Have there even been any atheists on the Moon? The Russians were supposed to have that covered too. As far as moon-goddess worshippers, I think the global left would be very satisfied to see a male Cybele worshipper castrate himself on the Moon, then declare a new pronoun (oy/oyster).

  3. Never ending government geology missions isn’t my definition of “sustained”. It’s too bad that the decision makers don’t sufficiently take into account Starship’s full capability. Hopefully, a successful orbital flight will be a tipping point.

  4. –According to Jack Schmitt, an Apollo 17 moonwalker, sustainability in terms of a future moon settlement has less to do with finding useful resources on the lunar surface and more to do with lowering the costs of launching crew and equipment. “The geological understanding of lunar resources and the technological foundations for sustained settlement of the moon are either in-hand or well understood,” Schmitt told Space.com —

    To lower costs, determine whether there is or is not mineable lunar water.
    To lower cost further, explore Mars.
    With Mars also determine where most mineable water is. Such mineable water is not about rocket fuel, rather water used towns on Mars {water has to be a lot cheaper than lunar water]. And explore mars for factors related to Mars settlements.
    If Musk can make a city on Mars, he needed to lower launch costs from Earth, which will also lower launch cost to the Moon.
    If there is mineable Lunar water, it makes Mars easier to be used for Human settlement and Mars settlements
    will allow cheaper access to moon.

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