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Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Back to the Moon? That's loony! NASA has unveiled a $104-billion plan to send people to the moon by 2018. Then it's on to Mars! Story. Sure, it sounds like scientific progress and fulfillment our plucky pioneering spirit, but does it make sense? Why not put that money into creating smarter robots, which can do the job more cheaply without risking lives? In turn, we'd boost U.S. technology in a field where the Japanese are taking the lead. I suspect there's some military motive, like controlling the higher ground. Could this also be a deliberate way to underfund the search for life on other worlds? What do you think?