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US Space Program Makes a Come Back

Updated on August 11, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

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Return to the Moon

Former astronaut Neil Armstrong advocates for continuing the US Lunar Exploration Program. Redirecting federal focus to Mars landings and settlement under the Obama made members of The Mars Society, but others wanted to return to Luna to mine resources and set up a launch station to our neighboring planet.

By 2015, private space ventures were prepared to travel to the Moon and set up bases and spaceports. America already had a dozen spaceports, and Canada had one. Google sponsored an X-Prize for designing lunar landing craft for 2015 and several contestants were ready to launch in 2013.

NASA found 200 things that can benefit humanity on the Moon, so it is a good idea to go back.

Conspiracy Theory

Videos have surfaced that illustrate a spacecraft already sitting on the moon before the historic Apollo 11 landing when Neil Armstrong took the first small step. Some believe that the spacecraft already there is the reason for discontinuing the US Space Program: To cover up the identity and nature of the structure.

Regardless of the rationale for discontinuing exploration and analysis of the Moon's surface, NASA insisted that US lunar artifacts on the surface must be protected by law, but the USA supposedly exploded a bomb on its surface in 2009. In 2017, however, the Internet contains several articles stating that the explosion was actually the collision of two American spacecraft.

The thriller Apollo 18 sides with the conspiracy theorists who believe a spacecraft as well as an outpost were already sitting on the Moon when Apollo 11 arrived.

The poster of the video below, Nalexo, also feels that a structure was bombed around the time the lunar missions ended, in order to eliminate it.

The Moon Express company is approved by the US government for a private lunar landing in 2017. NASA leadership says that the Moon is the gateway to NASA's exploration future.

Perhaps the US was launching UFOs from the moon during the Cold War? Some readers ascribe to that theory and it makes for good science fiction stories and thought-provoking conversations.

Perhaps the USA and USSR were testing various unmanned spacecraft that were left on the lunar surface, either crashed or successfully landed. If military dominance was behind such possible testings, then it is reasonable for both nations to protect this information as top secret. Many of the public would like America to send people to the moon to learn the truth about this, as well as to set up a launch base for flights to Mars.

The Obama administration advocated for proceeding straight to Mars to colonize that planet and to extract valuable ores like iron ore from the asteroid belt just beyond it. The subsequent Trump administration seemed more friendly toward the notion of returning to Luna to mine for any ores present and to gather ice for a water resource.

The Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) was established in 2004 to support NASA in providing analysis of scientific, technical, commercial, and operational issues in support of lunar exploration objectives and of their implications for lunar architecture planning and activity prioritization.

— NASA, Destination Moon

Outer Space Jobs Increased Markedly After 2011

On August 5, 2010 only 67 job listings appeared for the US Space Shuttle program in. The program ended in July 2011, but our interest and plans in space did not.

By August 2017, with expansion of the US Space Program into the private sector with companies like SpaceX and Planetary Resources, aerospace job listings reached over 25,500 openings in the USA. America had long planned space exploration and aerospace businesses before 2011.

Leading aerospace companies consistently hiring:

  1. Lockheed Martin
  2. Boeing
  3. Triumph Group
  4. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  5. Ball Aerospace
  6. Raytheon
  7. UTC Aerospace Systems
  8. Parker Hannifin
  9. Belcan
  10. The Aerospace Corporation (TAC)
  11. Honeywell
  12. L-3 Communications
  13. Rockwell Collins
  14. Pratt and Whitney
  15. Bae Systems

Many of these corporations are in the NASA Commercial Crew.

Ignoring the Moon to Face Mars

With John Glenn's passing in 2016, the Mercury astronauts are all gone. Many of the Gemini space explorers are also history. The passing of Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong left the active Buzz Aldrin to advocate for eschewing the Moon and venturing toward Mars.

Michael Collins, who stayed aboard the ship orbiting Luna while the Eagle sat on the lunar surface, never wanted to return to space, according to a children's book about Apollo 11. Buzz Aldrin wants another generation to return us to outer space.

Despite government funding cuts, NASA's Commercial Crew partnerships take the USA farther into space than ever before, to extract resources from the Moon and from the asteroid belt beyond Mars. Privatized space flight brought forward by the X-Prize and a dozen American spaceports, along with advancing technologies, brought down the wall that our veteran astronauts decried.

Wilbur and Orville Wright, 1903

The Mercury Program, 1959

Project Gemini

The Apollo Program

US Space Shuttle Program

Get Yourself to Mars

Sources

  • Collins, M. Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys. 1974
  • Collins, M. Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut's Story. 1994
  • Simply Hired employment listings, 2010, 2015, 2017.
  • Sutton, J. Apollo at Go. 1963.
  • NASA Lunar and Planetary Institute. Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) www.lpi.usra.edu/leag/ Retrieved August 10, 2017.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from North America

      Professor Armstrong was nearly crying in his speeches about the Shuttle and Lunar Exploration Programs. He would not do this if it were not extremely important and I repsect his opinion.

      Thanks for commentiong!

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      Grant N.Z 5 years ago from New Zealand

      One Day i want to be able to write a hub as good as you. Thanks it is great to know that there are people like you around. People with respect. Regards Grant

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Kind words Rebecca E, and thank you very much. Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin changed everything, didn't they?

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      as always a informative hub, once read will stick in my mind as being one of the best about space and a tribute to a person who did change history... and hope that dream continues.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Hello, hello - I hope we get back into space for good purposes in Neil Armstrong's lifetime! Thanks for making a comment.

      vickymom64 - Thanks very much. Perhaps some money was wasted in our space program here and there, but the useful discoveries are worth many times that amount and there are natural resources out there that we could use without over-mining; if we've learned our lesson about that here. Solar wind is soemthing to use, I think. Thanks again!

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      vickymom64 7 years ago from Westmorland Ca

      Wow! When you write a hub you go all out excellent job!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Happy birthday, Neil Armstrong. Great hub as always and thank you for your kindness trying to help putting the list of job vacancies there.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Hi, The Transient - As for a movie fraud, I'm satisfied that the flag was not waving in wind, but only gimbeled around by sloppy put-together on Luna; and that the absense of stars is because of the lack of atmosphere that we need to see them and especially to see them twinkle. Now, the unexplained variation in angles of shadows in the scenes is the questionable element I'm looking at. Something would have to be interfering with one shadow of them at least (or be multiple light sources); I'll post here if I find an answer to that one.

      I want to know more about how Apollo 11 had to go off course to land and of the structures Armstrong and Aldrin stumbled upon. Of course, audio can be faked. We'll see.

      Area 51 was investigated in the late 1980s or the 1990s by a journalist that hired on as NASA staff. He said crew rode a bus from a gathering place to Area 51, where they sat around all day and did nothing, and rode back in order to image-manage that some govt work went on there. He saw no film studio, however. Another journalist found actual work occurring a decade later.

      I think advanced aricraft have been tested at WPAFB and eastside Columbus Ohio for 60+ years. In the 1930s, Canada had a real flying saucer - only flew 8 feet above ground, but it flew.

      So I think a lot of UFOs are just "us" (as Pogo always said) and that we did go to the moon in 1969. However, a sci-fi book about the first lunar landing written by someone associated with NASA in 1965, 4 years before actual event, placed the landing just a few days away from the real landing. Concidence, or a leak in a plan for a film fruad? We'll eventually know. I can wait it out. Thanks!

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      The Transient 7 years ago

      Happy birthday to you and Neil!

      Very informative hub, I felt completely fulfilled after my experience with it. I wonder if you found any information on the conspiracy theory that we produced the lunar landing in a studio, just to guarantee beating the Russians? I have heard a lot about that and was wondering if you had insight on the topic.

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Oh, thanks, Larry! High praise! When I was reminded that Neil Armstrong was born on Aug 5th, I had to write this. It made my day, really. So glad you liked it, and best wishes.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Morning Patty...Thank you for this most exhaustive , interesting, and highly informative Hub...Your outstanding writing is wonderfully complimented with the many links and videos that bring an accessible articulation to this important endeavor...

      Happy Birthday and best wishes for you and Neil...You are both made of the Right Stuff...Larry

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks for all the well wishes on behalf of Neil Armstrong and, lesser-ly :), myself, and greatly to HubPages on its 4th Birthday as well.

      I was rather pushed toward engineering, the armed services, and a chance at aerospace late in high school, but had a horrible premionition and didn't do it. I would now, though.

      Remember the astronauts and all our people in the armed serves as well. Cheers!

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      G L Strout 7 years ago from Ohio, USA

      What a beautiful hub! I am a big fan of space exploration. I would love to go to the moon. Thanks

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      white atlantic 7 years ago from INDIA

      once again u with your great hub...thanx

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      The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Many Happy Returns, Patty.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, A very big warm happy birthday to Neil Armstrong, and to you, the reason why I say this is because he is my brother's hero, he was just saying this the other day that out of all of history this man was the most important and heroic of them all, he has been a amateur astronomer since he was a child and he is so mad about what is happening to the space explorations, so we both totally agree with what you have written, my brother has followed him right from the start when he was a small boy, and I think that is what started him of on his interest, so even though he is not mentioned very much any more, my brother will be very pleased that you wrote this, thanks for a great tribute and I loved the videos too, cheers nell

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Interesting Hub. Interesting thoughts, thank you for remembering Mr. Armstrong. :0)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Thanks, Dim! - It's a bit difficult to make a transition mentally from NASA to all-private space flight, and the cancellation of Constellation was surely a slap in the face to our astronaut veterans. I think privatization can succeed, but we'll see. And I'd like to see everything strewn across the surface of the moon by this time. lol

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      Dim Flaxenwick 7 years ago from Great Britain

      This was unexpected. !!! You never fail to ´deliver´. Fantastic hub as always. Thank you. x

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Hi Deborah - I think it will, and if they enter private space flight work, they can make higher wages and work for a longer period of years. Sometimes I would like to be frozen and brought back in about 100 years to see what's happening - provided the planet is still here. Thanks for commenting and for the birthday wish!

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      You produce hubs of consistently stellar quality. Thanks for remembering the birthday of Neil Armstrong, and happy birthday to you, too.

      I have two kids who want to be astronauts. Hope the space program is around long enough.

      Namaste.