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MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "During NASA Administrator Charles Bolden's recent testimony before the House Science Committee, Bolden had an exchange with Congressman Michael McCaul, Republican of Texas, on the subject of returning to the Moon.

The exchange was very illuminating.

While the plan of the Obama Administration remains bypassing the Moon and going to an asteroid and eventually to Mars, Administrator Bolden suggested that American astronauts could be back on the Moon by 2020 if the decision was made to send them."

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NASA's Bolden: We Could Still Go Back to the Moon

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  • by crudd (1893782)
    Its gonna take us 10 years to do something that we did fifty years ago. Did it even take us 10 years to get there the first time? And then we did it a dozen times or so in a few years. But we somehow lost all that technology and we cant do it for another 10... Somethings not adding up here...
  • The USA is on the damn sure road to bankrupcy. Not there yet, but for any truly sane, really grounded mind it looks like it isn't just on the road to bankrupcy, it looks like a runaway freight train, that will get there even if they shutdown the engines.

    USA today is just like Great Britain in 1930, when it was still a dominant country, but just about to fall.
    Just like Rome at 40DC.
    You don't have money to waste on any useless ego trip space projects.
    Any million dollar project need a tangible monetary return.

    • Your alternative suggestions for use of funding are compelling, however, NASA is not a big chunk of the change that the US government is spending, it's just a very visible one that's difficult to see the direct benefits of. NASA's budget is somewhere around $1.7B, which covers robotic exploration of the solar system, science about the universe beyond the solar system, space-conducted earth science, technology development in everything from thermal systems to manufacturing, scientific, qualification, and acc

      • Interesting given that the NASA site quotes a single Space Shuttle mission costing US$ 450 million. So a single Shuttle mission costs 26% of NASAs budget.
        Given that disproportionate share, I believe that $1.7B doesn't cover everything that NASA does. High cost projects are probably budgeted separately. If so, that number isn't the whole thing.
        Anyhow a single man to the moon again project would be a at least a US$ 5-10 billion project. Perhaps much more.
        Exactly my point. That number versus the basic NASA bud

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