Now, 30 years later, the question presents itself:”Should we return to the moon?”
The answers to this question are varied, and individuals on all sides are very enthusiastic about how they feel. Some assert that exploration is one of the most basic fundamentals about what makes people great. Without mining and treading into new waters, progress can’t be made. Others argue for the scientific discoveries that can be made while others assert that we have already been there and should set our sites on other things like Mars.
However, it’s not a”been there, done that” situation. There are still unanswered questions which could be answered if we return to the moon, which is much more. We don’t even know for sure how the moon was created. It can help us discover the real story behind the creation of not only the Earth and moon, but also of our own solar system.
Who Should Go?
If a return mission to the moon become a manned mission? Or if a robot be used instead? Manned missions take immense risk at the expense of human life, while unmanned robots come at a huge cost of money.
However, the dilemma of cost arises. Those in favor of a return to the moon assert that the costs of going back to the moon are far less than the costs of perhaps going to Mars. Yet, in such a down market and the government spending at an all time high on other applications, an individual must wonder and wonder if spending money on missions to the moon is in the best interest of the nation. Some argue that using the present poverty and environmental issues currently plaguing the world, we will need to focus on things here, not beyond the realm of the earth.
Perhaps if there’s a return to the moon, it won’t be done by a government sponsored program or with government funding. Private enterprises could take a major role in returning to the moon.
The overall national mentality is also another factor to take into account. When John F. Kennedy made his speech in the early 1960s, the United States was in a very different place in it’s national mentality than it is today. The early 60s brought a euphoria from a booming economy and the ending of the Korean War and World War II. There was a sense that so much was possible, and individuals put their sights on distant horizons. However, in the present day, the market is struggling, and we’re obsessed with all the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The topic of returning to the Moon is a complex one. There are many questions which need to be asked in order for us to begin to talk if returning to the Moon is feasible. With the close of the Space Shuttle Program and cuts in funding for NASA, it is going to be interesting to see what the future holds for space travel.
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This article was written by Elena Athanasiou.
Should we go back to the moon? What benefits do you see from going back to the moon? Do you find any drawbacks?