America won’t be repeating that historic one small step anytime soon — not according to NASA chief Charlie Bolden, anyway.
“NASA is not going to the Moon with a human as a primary project probably in my lifetime,” Bolden told a joint meeting of the Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board in Washington last week, according to Jeff Foust of SpacePolitics.com. “And the reason is, we can only do so many things.”
Instead, he said the focus would remain on human missions to asteroids and to Mars. “We intend to do that, and we think it can be done.” Meanwhile, interest in the moon has been growing in both the private sector and in foreign countries.
Last week, Russia rekindled its plans for a robotic moon exploration program, unveiling its first new moon mission since the Soviet Union launched Luna 24 in 1976. Russian space scientists are scripting a new plan to reconnect with the moon, one scientist explained.
“Exploration of the moon is an important part of the program,” said Igor Mitrofanov of the Institute for Space Research during Microsymposium 54 on “Lunar Farside and Poles — New Destinations for Exploration,” held in The Woodlands, Texas, on March 16 and 17.
‘I just want to emphasize that Russia is a spacefaring country not only with the robotic but also manned flight,” he added.
Well, since we were the first to plant a flag, that means we own it, right? That reminds me of a stand up routine by Comedian Eddie Izzard.
So, yeah. There was a lot of that, and we built up empires – we stole countries! That’s what you do,that’s how you build an empire. We stole countries with the cunning use of flags! Yeah, just sail around the world and stick a flag in.
“I claim India for Britain!”
They go, “You can’t claim us, we live here! 500 million of us!”
“Do you have a flag?”
“We don’t need a bloody flag! It’s our country, you bastards!”
“No flag, no country, you can’t have one! That’s the rules that I’ve just made up, and I’m backing it up with this gun that was lent from the National Rifle Association.”