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Steve Taranovich

Enabling a return to the Moon with the European Space Agency (esa)

Steve Taranovich
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11/22/2018 11:06:00 AM
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Happy Thanksgiving!
I think we will both see the US get back to space exploration. Thanks for your insights Blaine

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eafpres1
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11/22/2018 10:50:32 AM
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Re: Poor NASA
Hi Steve--Happy Thanksgiving!

I agree with and undertand all your points. The US accumulated more knowledge of all facets of space exploration than anyone ever had, and has lost some of it by attrition.  Hopefully we get back to a better place eventually.  I for one hope both the SLS and Musk's BFR get finished and launch missions to Mars.  I really hope to live long enough to see humans on Mars.  

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11/16/2018 1:44:54 PM
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Re: Poor NASA
@eafpres 1---It's unfortunate that we did not push for continued Moon exploration. We could have done so much more. Here is the problem:

I was asked by a university student why SpaceX can land their boosters on a floating barge and re-use them and NASA cannot. My answer was as follows, "It's simple---SpaceX is funded by a multi-billionaire and NASA is funded by the US Congress. I have personally witnessed the 'shoe-string' budget that NASA has and the tiny increases they get in budget raises. However, what I can say from my extensive experience at various NASA locations--meeting the people there---is that human life/Astronaut safety comes first, second, and third in NASA prorities"

Re-using a 'tried and true' design and modifying it is a solid technique, especially when lives are at stake. That said, NASA has told me that they are now a Space Port: SpaceX is there and Blue Origin is setting up shop (Jeff Bezos at Amazon wants to send supplies to the Space Station, the Moon, and Mars). NASA has the experience and consults with these and future endeavors at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

We will see new spacecraft designs coming up. As a matter of fact, an astronaut that I know, Victor Glover, will pilot the SpaceX Crew Dragon ship soon. It looks similar to Apollo as well, but will be evolving over time https://www.planetanalog.com/author.asp?section_id=3065&doc_id=564945 

 

Here is what NASA says about stopping the Apollo Program:

The Apollo Moon program was stopped by the U.S. Congress after the Apollo 17 mission.  NASA's total budget was cut and the remaining program of human flights was redirected toward the less expensive Apollo-Soyus joint flight with the USSR, the three Skylab missions (the first space station), and eventually the Space Shuttle and International Space Station.  For information on the current NASA plans for human flights to the Moon, see the NASA Vision webpage (http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/vision/index.html).

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eafpres1
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11/15/2018 9:57:33 PM
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Poor NASA
It’s disappointing to me that we chose a scaled up Apollo vehicle for this. It’s also astonishing we need new large facilities to investigate things we were supposed to have learned and paid for with Apollo. Finally the idea that ESA won this is an indictment of the process and our management and government issues.

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