Re: [hreg] Apollo Alliance
- My experience could verify what you write.
Before I went into business I tried to transfer from Dept of Defense
employment to NASA or a NASA contractor. I also got heavily involved as a
space activist and in that capacity I was the Publicity Director for the
10th International Space Development Conference and I helped create the
annual event Spaceday at Brooks AFB back in the early nineties. What I
found out is that not only is there a lot of competition for positions but
the space community is very much a closed shop and they do not welcome
outsiders. NASA and their contractors have a tendency to groom new
employees from universities and draw expertise from the military. Unless
you come from that realm it is remote and unlikely you are going to get on
In that regard, it is unlikely that a space mission will create much in the
way of jobs and an economic stimulus. In fact, ambitious space missions
like the moon landings are a tremendous drain on the government budget.
These missions are exciting, they are definitely more productive than war
but they only return a fraction in technology advances in comparison to
their overall expense to the taxpayer. Actually the technology that NASA
might use for a mission back to the Moon or Mars already exists and in that
regard NASA would not be required to invent much to make these missions
possible. They just want money.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Steven Deterling" <rocketman1@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 9:26 PM
Subject: Re: [hreg] Apollo Alliance
> I 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
> our attention.
> Care2 make the world greener!
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