Super Secret Moon Base Plans
Those sneaky NASA folk have been busy doing some super-secret-behind-the-scenes-spacey-science stuff and with the reelection of Obama, the smoke screen covering said super-secret-behind-the-scenes-spacey-science stuff is set to disperse into the ether. Now we’ll all be privy to their spacenanigans!
NASA has been chomping at the bit to establish a humanly occupied outpost beyond the far side of the moon, and according to Space.com, it turns out they’ve already taken significant steps to making it a reality. The Obama Administration previously gave NASA an uber-cool Obama thumbs-up (probably) but it was kept under wraps just in case Romney happened to come out of the election victorious.
No Mitt. You can’t be in the Super-Secret-Space-Club because you said you weren’t gonna be cool and give us money and support and stuff. And you smell. And you scare us. And Obama told us to go land on that big-ass asteroid by 2025 and then maybe Mars by 2030-something. Obama also found a Playboy and let us look at it. Stay out of our clubhouse.
Space policy expert John Logsdon:
“NASA has been evolving its thinking, and its latest charts have inserted a new element of cislunar/lunar gateway/Earth-moon L2 sort of stuff into the plan (The Earth-moon L2 is a so-called libration point where the two bodies’ gravitational pulls roughly balance out, allowing spacecraft to essentially park there.)”
The hope is to set up shop on the other side of our lunar satellite to eventually utilize the base as a jumping off point. It would be a pit stop for future missions to deeper space, asteroids, the moon, Mars and any other crazy missions our crazy space-loving brains can conjure up. But first, NASA needs to do a butt load of research to figure out how to protect our astronauts from the harsh space environments. We’re talking radiation, solar flares, and EVERYTHING ELSE UP THERE. NASA wants to avoid space death. It’s costly. And tragic. But also really costly.
Eminent space death or not, I find the further exploration of our galaxy incredibly exciting and the words spit from NASA deputy chief Lori Graver make me a happy boy.
“We just recently delivered a comprehensive report to Congress outlining our destinations which makes clear that SLS will go way beyond low-Earth orbit to explore the expansive space around the Earth-moon system, near-Earth asteroids, the moon, and ultimately, Mars. Let me say that again: We’re going back to the moon, attempting a first-ever mission to send humans to an asteroid and actively developing a plan to take Americans to Mars.”
QUESTION: Exciting? Waste of money? Never gonna happen? Aliens?