Saturday, December 18, 2010
http://www.economist.com/node/17647639?story_id=17647639&CFID=151203849&CFTOKEN=95954930= Nations are building anti-satellite weapons at a time when the Obama Administration is cutting the NASA budget. The government has traditionally lead the way in exploration. First the American West was explored by the Corps of Discovery, the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Then NASA was blazing the trail into space and to Moon. Space can be a dangerous place. Not only the dangers of space itself, but also of enemies of the United States who can destroy spacecraft. If they can destroy a space satellite they can destroy a manned space station. This only shows the value of bases on the Moon and even on Mars. As early as the 1960's the US Army was planning on a space base on the Moon and even methods of preventing it being taken over by enemy attack. Too many dreamers are thinking that space will not have weapons and it will only be used for peaceful purposes. This was wishful thinking from the beginning. Space should not be the common heritage of all mankind. It should be open to those who will invest and explore and claim and develop it for their nations and themselves, that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.