It's Too Hard To Go Back to the Moon -- What a Joke!
"I personally believe that China will be back on the moon before we are," NASA Administrator Michael Griffin said in a low-key lecture in Washington two weeks ago, marking the space agency's 50th anniversary, still a year away.
"I think when that happens, Americans will not like it. But they will just have to not like it."
Griffin's candor startled many in the space community, but insiders acknowledge the reality. China has pulled off two manned spaceflights with its own rockets and is eager to head for the moon.
NASA has a 2020 deadline for returning Americans to the moon. China would like to beat that.
The U.S. is "more technically advanced. We certainly could be back on the moon faster than the Chinese, but we don't have the political will and therefore the resources to do it," said Joan Johnson-Freese, head of the Naval War College's national security decision-making department.
The WHOLE Apollo program cost $135 billion in 2006 dollars.
One moon flight would cost far less than $135 billion, particularly with technological advances, but let us say it would cost $50 billion because we'd have to design and build new rockets.
$50 billion is only one-ninth of the (horribly bloated) Pentagon budget-- and that doesn't even include the Iraq war costs!
Is $50 billion really such an obstacle for this country?
Or is there another reason we can't go to the moon? The same reason we didn't go before?
UPDATE: To be a bit more explicit, this is the reason the moon landings were faked and why no human is going to the moon in the near future.
The 2020 deadline is a joke.
The whole point is, if we really wanted to go to the moon AND we were capable of it, we could do it in the next two years. And we probably would have done it in the past 30 years as well. We wouldn't be saying we're going to do it 13 years from now.