Today is the 49th anniversary of man landing on the Moon. A titanic achievement by brave men of this fine country. Sadly, probably on some level the pinnacle of our achievement thus far. But I hold out hope and optimism that President Trump will challenge that pinnacle for the 50th anniversary and beyond. Enjoy some of the footage below. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t recommend the fantastic In the Shadow of the Moon which is available on Amazon Prime and interviews many of the 12 men who landed on the moon.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants to study the potential for mining a source of waste-free nuclear energy from the southern part of the moon and it could fetch trillions of dollars to India in return.
New Delhi (Sputnik) — The Indian space agency ISRO has set for itself an ambitious target to reach the south side of the moon in search of nuclear energy. The ISRO’s chief told the news agency Bloomberg that it will launch a rover in October this year to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyze crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. The moon mission will be called Chandrayaan II, next in the series of Chandrayaan I, which was a success.
The helium isotope, if explored in abundance on the south side of the moon, could then theoretically meet global energy demands for 250 years if harnessed, the Bloomberg report reads.
“Theoretically meet global energy demands for 250 years if harnessed” is a pretty significant statement. Nuclear energy without the hassle of nuclear waste is a game changer. The resources available in space can more than meet our needs on Earth, and propel us into the cosmos. And I think it may be more than a little naive to think that with resources such as these available for anyone to pluck that it will be entirely civil out there. A Space Force is needed now to be ready when we are harnessing these materials in the years to come. It’s one of the many reasons it was such a great idea for President Trump to pitch it.
With plans for a lunar gateway in preparation for future trips to the moon and beyond, the United States is positioning itself to remain a leader in global energy production and at the forefront of space exploration. Space exploration mirrors the economy in many ways. For better or worse it takes competition to push the boundaries to what is achievable. Collaborative space efforts have yielded some impressive results but really haven’t pushed the barriers of space exploration. I think India and China pressing for moon colonies and resource acquisition bodes well for pushing the United States into the race and beyond.
Two weeks ago President Trump announced the formation of a sixth branch of the US Military, a Space Force. Via CBS News:
“My administration is reclaiming America’s heritage as the world’s greatest space-faring nation,” he went on. “The essence of the American character is to explore new horizons and to tame new frontiers. But our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of national identity, but a matter of national security.”
He said when it comes to defending America, “it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space. We must have American dominance in space.”
“Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. … We are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force, separate but equal.”
This touches on a subject near and dear to my heart. A continuation of our manifest destiny as a nation. Of exploring for exploration’s sake. Of recognizing that there is something bigger out there, and something for everyone to look up to as inspiration, far beyond the ultimately petty problems we have become so enveloped in over the last 50 years.
If we are to survive as a species, and not only survive but thrive, this has to be done. And it’s a crime that this was forgotten about and put to bed by previous administrations for so long. President Trump is a hero, and I do not use that word lightly. What he is doing on the home front against the forces he’s up against truly inspires. But to balance that while also seeing the bigger picture really is truly reassuring and amazing. He has always thought BIG. And he has never forgotten that.
A lot of people scoff at the idea of a Space Force. Part of the reason I wanted to write this post is I’m going to be posting a lot of other things that will offshoot from this. Too many people are thinking too small, and focused on the wrong things. There are untold (and completely unknown) side benefits and advancements that will occur because of this addition. True, one could say “well why can’t you get those same side benefits from NASA?” and they may have a point. But the reality is the military always commands a lot of funding and this is yet another way for us to funnel money into space developments. I do not think this is a bad thing. And something that needs to inevitably happen anyways.
President Kennedy famously said:
If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.
We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.
The entire focus of this website is to defend our Western way of life, because it is what’s best for us, for the world, and is our greatest avenue towards having our species thrive in the cosmos. What President Trump is doing to reform our government and nation now is so we and future generations have the opportunity to move beyond Earth.
President Trump’s inspiration is creating a paradigm shift in how we as Americans think. As more people begin to see his vision it will have a contagious spreading effect on everyone. We are so far behind in space exploration and colonization. This will certainly propel that forward. I leave you with a clip from President Kennedy’s famous Rice University speech. Enjoy.