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NASA planning to set up shop on the moon in 2024

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President Bush's plans for a return to the moon in 2020, with a trip to Mars to follow, were all well and good, but now NASA has finally fleshed out the details of the moon visits, and it seems a permanent international moon base is in the cards. NASA hopes to return to the moon starting in 2020 with short stays to get things prepared, and to have the base ready for extended stays by 2024. The lunar outpost will most likely be placed on the lunar south pole, which is lit by the sun three-quarters of the time, and has possible resources to mine nearby. Two vehicles will be employed, the Orion exploration vehicle, and an all-purpose "pickup truck" of a landing vehicle which attaches to the Orion and can bring cargo and/or crew to the lunar surface in a manned or unmanned manner. It'll cost a whoppin' $104 billion to get back to the moon for the first trip, and we're sure carting supplies up there won't be cheap, but in the long run NASA hopes to be able to harvest hydrogen, oxygen and other nifty moon resources for the operation of the outpost, tasks which could eventually become simple enough to turn over to a commercial supplier. In an effort to keep costs down and build good will, NASA is welcoming other countries to join the effort, though NASA will be doing the actual design work. "This is not your father's Apollo," says John Logsdon of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. "This is not a flag-and-footprints. This is the idea of starting an **bleep**d movement that includes long stays on the moon."

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Dec 5, 2006
Awsome finally we might get to see those moon men my grandpa keep yelling at.

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Awesome, but why is Bush planning this all? Hes out of office in 2008....


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Key word here..."planning".
 
Sorry to say, but it aint gonna happen. Not in our lifetime anyway.

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lol, and in the 1970's we were supposed to be flying in cars and have jetpacks...eh, maybe theres hope for something realistic
This should be where that ugly block face is.
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We're already doing a great job at destroying Earth, why do we need to go after the Moon?
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I hope they open up a Best Buy on the moon. Gettin' tired of these outrageous prices over here.

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Andy19 wrote:
We're already doing a great job at destroying Earth, why do we need to go after the Moon?


Because there's not much to destroy on the moon, although America can **bleep** up anything really.
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J-Dog45 wrote:


Andy19 wrote:
We're already doing a great job at destroying Earth, why do we need to go after the Moon?


Because there's not much to destroy on the moon, although America can **bleep** up anything really.


There wasn't much on earth either....
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Lt.Agar wrote:
Awesome, but why is Bush planning this all? Hes out of office in 2008....


Yeah but I guess he just put it out now near the end of his terms to get other people to do his work for him...
 
Anyway that would be cool, but what are the advantages of knowing more about the moon? Sure it was be great for scientific curiosity, but would anything astounding really come from this?
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