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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Next Up, Survivor Lunar Surface!

Oh, wait, we can't even go near the Moon any more. "The Future" arrived. And it sucks.


jollyspaniard said...

We could go to the moon if anybody felt it worth spending 30 billion. That's an expensive PR stunt.

Personally I prefer the robots. They're cheaper and run for years.

Dale Carrico said...

I prefer people, precisely because we are not robots.

jollyspaniard said...

It's definitely more romantic to send people. However if your objective is to do science sending humans makes the mission more expensive by a factor of 70-100x. So you increase your research budget by 100x or do a fraction of the research.

We actualy didn't learn much from Apollo, mind you they never actualy got around to sending a scientist to the moon. There were plans to but Nixon axed Apollo before it got to that stage. Even if they did it would have had a fraction of the impact Hubble has had on our understanding of the universe.