How is it that we can find the money to create an outpost in space that will allow us to set up robotic laboratories that explore the Moons of Mars…and yet we can’t send a letter through the post office that will get from Pottstown to Spring City or Phoenixville on Saturdays?
Here is an article on the Obama plan for a space outpost on the Moon-
NASA is pushing for a plan to establish “human-tended waypoint” near the far side of the moon — one that would embrace international partnerships as well as commercial and academic participation, SPACE.com reported Friday.
A team is being formed to develop a cohesive plan for exploring a spot in space known as the Earth-moon libration point 2 (EML-2), website reported, citing a Feb. 3 memo from William Gerstenmaier, NASA’s associate administrator for human exploration and operations.
Libration points, also known as Lagrangian points, are places in space where the combined gravitational pull of two large masses roughly balance each other out, allowing spacecraft to essentially “park” there.
EML-2, near the side of the moon, could serve as a gateway for capability-driven exploration of multiple destinations, such as near-lunar space, asteroids, the moon, the moons of Mars and, ultimately, Mars itself, according to NASA officials.
An EML-2 waypoint allegedly could enable telerobotic science on the lunar far side to serve as a platform for solar and Earth scientific observation, radio astronomy and other science in the quiet zone behind the moon.
The Lunar University Network for Astrophysics Research (LUNAR) Center at the University of Colorado have been collaborating with Lockheed Martin for more than a year to plan an early Orion mission that would go into a halo orbit of EML-2 above the lunar far side.