To Return or Not to Return

Moon Landing, Lunar Module Eagle

Now, 30 years later, the question presents itself:”Should we return to the moon?”

The answers to this question are diverse, and individuals on all sides are very enthusiastic about how they feel. Some argue that exploration is among the most basic principles about what makes humans great. Without exploration and treading into new waters, progress can’t be made. Others argue for the scientific discoveries that may be made while others assert that we have already been there and should set our sites on other things like Mars.

However, it’s not a”been there, done that” situation. There are still unanswered questions that could be answered should we go back to the moon, which is much more. We don’t even know for certain how the moon was created. It helps us discover the real story behind the creation of not just the Earth and moon, but also of our own solar system.

Who Should Go?

Should a return mission to the moon be a manned mission? Or if a robot be used instead? Manned missions take immense risk at the cost of human life, while unmanned robots come at a huge cost of money.

Funding

However, the issue of cost arises. Those in favor of a return to the moon assert that the costs of going back to the moon are much less than the costs of possibly going to Mars. Yet, in this down market and the government spending at an all time high on additional programs, an individual must wonder and question if spending money on missions to the moon is in the best interest of the country. Some argue that using the present poverty and environmental issues currently plaguing the planet, we need to concentrate on things here, not outside the realm of the planet.

Perhaps if there’s a return to the moon, it will not be done by a government sponsored program or with government funding. Private enterprises could take a major role in returning to the moon.

National Mentality

The general national mentality is an additional factor to take into account. When John F. Kennedy made his speech in the early 1960s, the United States was at a very different place in it’s national mentality than it is today. The early 60s brought a euphoria off of a booming economy and the end of the Korean War and World War II. There was a sense that so much was possible, and people put their sights on distant horizons. However, in the present day, the market is struggling, and we’re obsessed with all the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Conclusion

The topic of returning to the Moon is a complex one. There are many questions which need to be requested in order for us to start to discuss if returning to the Moon is feasible. With the end of the Space Shuttle Program and cuts in funding for NASA, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for space travel.

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Should we return to the moon? What benefits do you see from going back to the moon? Do you see any drawbacks?

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