Hey Prepper Nation,
On the one hand, our manned space program has been enormously expensive, and now hopefully some of the funds that went to further NASA’s ambitious or lately, not-so-ambitious goals might go to solving our other problems. I wouldn’t bet on it, but we know it’s not going to go up in smoke (or space). Each shuttle launch cost upwards of half a billion dollars to finance, and there’s certainly more down-to-earth uses for all those space bucks. If all the money we ever spent on landing on the moon and shuttle flights was instead spent on earthly projects, our situation might be different than it is now.
Do you know what rockets burn for fuel? They burn money, lots and lots of money. Money that is taken from people who have mortgages, people whose kids need braces, people who need medicine for their diabetes. President Obama, in 2009, put together a commission to determine the feasibility to put a man on the moon by 2020. The findings, at reasonable levels of funding, were not favorable. Not favorable for us to do something by 2020 that we had done successfully in 1969.
Why? Because we’re broke. We just don’t have the money to put into flights of fancy because we have to use all the money we have just to keep our heads about water. President Obama is hoping that private enterprise will take over; why not, private enterprise is the American way, isn’t it? Well, that might work when you’re hoping someone will build a better mousetrap, but do you think that Virgin Atlantic ferrying rich tourists to low space, not even in orbit, is going to further our exploration efforts?
Say bye-bye to Sci-Fi. If you’re a writer, you know there are different categories called genres. The one that includes stories about space travel is called Science fiction and fantasy. Now it’s not just fiction, but it really is fantasy.
When did space exploration lose its privileged place in our imagination, when did our athletes stop wanting to be astronauts? When did our best and brightest stop wanting to build rockets? That’s simple; when we were duped into thinking we could explore space on our Playstation. Ever since our young people started getting their adventure fix via computer, we’ve turned inward. And as long as we’re staring at our computers, and nowhere else, we’ll never again go outward (that is, to outer space).