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Back to the Moon

Apparently, Pres. Bush will shortly announce plans for a permanent moonbase and a manned Mars mission.

Sounds like a recipe for an Allen Steele or a Ben Bova future. Which, to be honest, isn't such a bad thing - even if I do want to live in a Michael Flynn tomorrow...

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elimloth
Jan. 10th, 2004 01:35 pm (UTC)
Political attention redirection notwithstanding, going to the moon to get to mars is a wretched idea and a tremendous waste of capital. It is the equivalent of travelling from Seattle to New York via Murdo station in Antarctica.

Mars direct is the way:

http://www.nw.net/mars/
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=00087E38-5B46-1C75-9B81809EC588EF21