2349Re: [hreg] Apollo Alliance
- Jan 15, 2004I would like to contrast the program proposed by the
Apollo Alliance to President Bush's recently proposed New
Vision for Space Exploration.
While I work in the Aerospace industry and recognize the
need to finish the space station, retire the shuttle, and
develop a new space vehicle - the goals of visiting the
Moon and Mars and establishing a permanent presence on
the Moon don't seem to have the same payback for cost.
The Apollo Alliance would spend a specified amount of
money over a specified amount of time, create jobs, and
benefit nearly every American in some way.
The Space Initiative, while a budget of a sort is proposed,
doesn't completely account for all development costs. The
time frame would likely expand from the initial estimate.
New jobs would be created, but targeted in very specific
industries. Many Americans would definitely benefit, but
probably not as many or in as many ways as they would
under the Apollo Project. In pollution measures alone, the
Apollo Project beats the Space Initiative hands down.
While the Moon and Mars are sexy and beckon us, the
wisdom of the Apollo project ought to be where we focus
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