What poor treatment of Puerto Rico? They don’t pay US income taxes and get some favorable tax treatment to encourage companies to locate there. It is less than it used to be but still, they get much more from the US than they contribute. It’s essentially a welfare state. It’s the US taxpayer that is shamefully treated!
On what little i know; mostly from sci-fi, there is an advantage in transporting from moon to earth as the gravity differential is to the moons advantage .
Being futuristic is what has got America so far. I believe no matter how expensive or preposterous the idea might be, it is important for US Space missions to go ahead with it, if they want to remain pioneers in space.
Now I’ll confess that I did not read this article too carefully.
And I’ll grant you that Trump is a world-historical dumb ass, so he might be inclined to think that there’s money to be made from mining on the moon.
But there’s no way in the world EVER that a profit can be made from taking something from the moon and then bringing it to earth. It’s a ludicrous proposition. Look at Apollo, send up a rocket that weighs a few million pounds at a cost of many billions to return a small capsule with 3 men, weighing what, a few thousand pounds? And they’re going to have a few pieces of gold in their pockets? After rooting around on the moon with who knows how much billion dollar gear and getting killed to dig up a few diamonds or a piece of gold? Or some water? (Which we do have in abundance down here already FYI). You’d have an easier time digging for gold at the bottom of the Marianas Trench – and even if you could find it down there, you’d still not make any money at it.
It’s scientific, engineering and economic illiteracy to discuss it as a rational notion. The money that it takes to get to the moon and back will not ever get “paid back in profit”. “Ice represents power. It represents fuel. It represents science.” This is science and technology talk by and for morons. It’s hard to know when a politician says crap like that whether they believe or if they just see the audience as a bunch of marks.
But perhaps Trump can make it happen. He’s not a politician, he’s a super billionaire and he’s got a really good brain. He’s a Dale Carnegie Man. I heard that his Uncle taught at MIT. He’s got a space force, maybe we should have a moon base with a moon force.
As for using water from the moon to make it easier to get to Mars, good luck with that.
–>Think for a moment about what it will cost to get to Mars in total. I don’t think the viability of the mission will hinge on that low-cost moon water. Seriously, it sounds almost humorous – low-cost moon water – like something from a standup act. Just park the ship in orbit and beam it up, Scotty.
The significant difference between colonizing the Moon and colonialism is that there are no people there already. In fact, there is no life there at all. The poor treatment of Puerto Rico and Standing Rock is shameful, but it literally cannot be repeated on the Moon.
The problem with the ’79 Agreement is that it hampers exploration of any sort. Despite their effort, the respective countries would not own the samples brought back by Apollo, Luna, and (if all goes well) Chang’e 5. Why take the risk? Why expend the cost? No, there has to be something to gain to motivate people. I think a better standard is the UNCLOS rules on exploitation of ocean resources. This allows commercial activity while preserving the principle of common heritage. If necessary, an economic zone could be allowed/limited to the vicinity of an outpost similar to the ISS’s “Keep-Out Sphere.”
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