ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should the US Return to the Moon in 2020?

Updated on February 2, 2010

 Should America place men on the moon again in 2020? The first time was historic, 1969. Anyone alive at that time and of age 10 yrs or more, new about this and watching it live on TV was also historic. Then, there really was a reason, to beat the Russians, which started the whole space race in the late 50s. The scientists behind the rockets almost all came from Hitler's post WW2--Hitler had the first real rockets- the V1, V2 with payloads. Werner Von Braun was its creator and the US upon the collapse of the Nazi regime, took him into custody. NASA was born later. It was his designs that allowed the US to make rockets that took men to the moon.

Why was getting to the moon so important then? National pride and fear of the Red menace called Communism that the USSR ruled by. The competition created many industries and the technology discovered and created benefited everyone in small ways and even today, the space industry continues to do this. It is a by-product of the business.

Obama plans to cut the NASA Constellation program, which wanted to send astronauts back on the moon to start a "moon colony". About $250 million in federal stimulus money has paid for investments in the Constellation Program, according to a CNN report. NASA's current budget gives Constellation $3.47 billion in funding, according to the White House Budget Office.

While it seems like NASA is getting cut, the reality is that only the Constellation program is, its remaining money for it will be diverted to other NASA projects, like going to Mars. In reality, Obama is increasing the funding for NASA from $18 billion this year to $19 billion in 2011.

Going to the moon again should be cut. It is a waste of money. Obama should take that $3.47 billion from the Constellation program and use it to help the US out of its economic slump, not allow NASA to simply use it for other programs. I think NASA could survive on only $15 billion, don't you?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • swordsbane profile image

      William Grant 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      I think NASA could survive on $15 billion, and when everyone is trying to cut their bottom line to save money, getting even $15 billion will be an accomplishment.

      I don't believe going back to the Moon is a waste of money, but I don't think that NASA should be the one to do it. I think it would be wise (and I believe at least NASA administrator Bolden has the same idea) to turn LEO and the Moon over to the private sector. We're going to need the infrastructure that only private industry can create if we're going to go to Mars within the lifetime of anyone who may be reading this.

      There are some things that government control is good for. NASA is a great trailblazer, but it should be on the cutting edge of space, it's astronauts should be explorers, not truck drivers and repairmen. That's Mars and the asteroid belt, not the Moon and more cargo-hauling jobs to orbit. The government doesn't do routine very well. That's a job for the private sector, and I think they're ready.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)