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Posted by: Ekkehard Augustin - Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:12 pm
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Post Starting journey towards new frontiers?   Posted on: Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:12 pm
The article "Scientists See Moon as Research Outpost, Training Ground" ( ... ience.html ) quotes Pete Worden, director of the NASA Ames Research Center to have
called the establishment of a permanently occupied outpost on the moon as the "next step" toward the settlement of the solar system

This causes me the imagination or "the vision" that the return to the Moon may be nothing else than the research of the technologies needed or desired to colonize the entire solar system - beyond a simple return, beyond a step towards a manned Mars mission.

Worden is quoted to have explicitly said that
"This is going to open a new era of scientific understanding of not just the moon and the formation of the Earth-moon system, but how we can live on another world,"

This sounds like a huge experiment like has never done before - except for ancient human endeavours by the Polynesians, the unknown ancient inhabitants of the Easter Island, the mix of people and "races" invading the Americas at the end of the most recent ice age and so on.

And there is another quote in that article that tends to sound as if a particular earthian activity might be taken as a step to the Moon:
"If we can work in Antarctica for 50 years, and still want to go back and do more...the moon also is at least as interesting as Antarctica," McKay told

Mars also is mentioned - repeating the term of "50 years":
As for the dispatching of humans to Mars, McKay said: "We're never going to have a long-term, 50-year plus research base on Mars if we can't figure out how to do that on the moon. So let's figure out how to do it on the moon!"

Other quote of the article says it all a bit more conqueror-like:
Paul Spudis, a senior lunar scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, suggested that the expertise needed to live and work off-planet can be honed on the moon. Those skills are to "arrive, survive, and thrive."
"We're going to the moon to learn the skills we need to live and work productively on another world."
It is a strategic direction," he said.

So is this all the technological beginning of the journey to go for new frontiers?

Dipl.-Volkswirt (bdvb) Augustin (Political Economist)[/quote]

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