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McClaughry: $93 billion to land first woman, POC on the moon

by John McClaughry

From 1969 to 1972 the United States completed six crewed missions to the moon that landed 12 astronauts, not counting Apollo 13, that NASA dramatically rescued in one of the great engineering performances of all time..

Now proceeding toward liftoff is the Artemis program. NASA tells us Artemis is important because it will “land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. We will collaborate with commercial and international partners and establish the first long-term presence on the Moon, and also lay the groundwork for sending astronauts to Mars.”

Each successful launch will cost about $4.1 billion. NASA’s inspector general expects the overall Artemis program to reach $93 billion by the time the first astronauts return to the surface of the moon, targeted for 2025……

Read more at Ethan Allen Institute blog.

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  1. I can understand the motivation for the original space race…to show up the Soviets as part of the cold war. Now it only makes sense that our motivation for a second space race is to see how many members of “disadvantaged communities” can be hoisted aloft. The original astronauts were scrutinized for merit, ability and toughness. Those criteria are anachronisms. If NASA uses the same criteria to select new astronauts as Biden used to select his Vice President and Supreme Court justice, this will not end well. Those two met his criteria before they were even born.

  2. How many people could be housed for the rest of their lives for that money? How many social programs funded?
    Meanwhile, the trend is to defund the police so that crime goes up and the relatively small amount of money saved has little or no impact on genuine social improvement.

  3. How about using the money to bring our national defense back to a sufficient level to protect our national interests and security. It is 93,000 million you are talking about.

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