Can we colonize the moon by 2020? 4.24

Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says when we have 13,000 people on the moon they can submit to become the next state in the USA. Is it possible in todays risk averse culture to get that process moving by the year 2020, or are there too many hurdles?

We look at some space news, bring in some of your comments from episode 4.22 and in general just have a good time.

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  1. Levi on March 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Human spaceflight has the subconcious effect of a unified, “we.” When John Glenn first flew in space, WE all flew in space. When Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon, WE all took a step on the moon. I had the opportunity to witness the last launch of Atlantis, and was overwhelmed with the feeling that a part of me was going with the astronauts aboard.

    America needs to not only inspire its children, but my generation as well; the best way to do it is to appeal to our sense of, “we.” If the 20-somethings of today don’t witness a “we” event (eg. a colony on the moon, a man on Mars, etc.), there will be nothing left for the next generations to inherit.

  2. Elvis on March 26, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Even if we could, we have no right to go and make a mess of another planet. Humans should stay here on Earth, where they belong.

    I know everything is so messed up on this planet, but running away to another isn’t the answer.

    If people can’t sort things out on Earth, they won’t be able to on another planet!

    • Marc on April 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      to elvis
      you are right. we have no right to make a mess of an other planet, and we should sort things out on earth. but your comment kind of suggests, that we will make a mess on other planets and unless everything is perfect on earth we have no right to go anywhere else.
      can’t we do both?
      i assume you are american. probably about 95% of all people living in the usa have their roots in some other part of the world. you might not even be alive if your ancestors had taken your position. something like “europeans should stay in europe where they belong and not move out to new lands”. i hope you see my point. you might not even be american, then sorry i assumed that, but my point still stands. it is part of being human to move out, to go to new territories, to explore and being given the chance to start new.

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