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The future of space: Will we see a new space race?

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2014 11:52 PM by AlexMuller

In 1962 that President John F. Kennedy delivered the now-famous line in a speech at Rice University in Texas: "We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Seven years later, Apollo 11 launched and the first humans first walked on the lunar surface.

It took a Cold War space race with the Soviet Union to spur such statements and spark the United States' manned rush to the moon, a race that led to the first manned lunar landing with Apollo 11 on July 20, 1969. Once the last Apollo mission, Apollo 17, wrapped up in 1972, no human has returned. NASA has sent lunar probes, but today, the agency is focused more on a potential human asteroid visit and putting boots on Mars. Other countries, on the other hand, are starting to think about manned lunar missions.
"NASA is not currently considering a human return to the moon and remains focused on the asteroid-retrieval mission," James Clay Moltz, a professor in the department of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, wrote in an email to
Before President Barack Obama took office, NASA was operating under the George W. Bush-led vision called Constellation, which included a plan to return to the moon. "The Obama administration made the calculation that President Bush's Constellation program was unaffordable and that, in terms of science, there was nothing 'new' offered by returning to the moon," Moltz added. "A Mars mission is still a U.S. goal, but it remains a long way off, especially given the current lack of independent U.S. human access to space."

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-24
Cooperation would be much better - these are very expensive projects and there is great deal of investment that should be used here on Earth. However, race could speed things up and get explorations back on fast track Reply
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Posted: 2016-12-26
ROT är en tillfällig åtgärd i lågkonjunktur som syftar till att bibehålla företag och kompetens i byegnrabschgn.RUT är en permanent subvention av konsumtion, riktad till till sådana som ändå har råd. Det är praktiskt taget ingen med inkomst under 300 000 som använder bidraget, förutom i Danderyd.Förutom att de inte behöver den, så snedvrider den hela tjänstesektorn till fördel för hushållsnära tjänster.Läs själv i statistiken hos SCB Reply


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