Date: January 8th, 2004
Cate: Regular

Another false alarm?

Or is it finally for real this time? I watched the entire last stupid State of the Union speech because it was rumored he was going to mention space. Instead I got:

All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let’s put it this way — they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies. (Applause.)

It does sound pretty real, though. And here’s 8 million more stories.

The rough plan, which sounds quite ambitious: Finish the space station. Then junk the shuttles and work on this new CEV: “Crew Exploration Vehicle”. It starts testing in 2007. Back slowly away from the space station, and focus on returning to the Moon, starting in 2013. Establish a permanent Moon base, and then start thinking about sending people to Mars.

I hope this is all going to be backed up with some well thought out rationale when it’s actually announced. But who wouldn’t get excited over a Moon base?!?!?

1 Comment

  1. January 10th, 2004

  2. comment: Idon\’t buy the CEV. We need to keep the Shuttle flying and replace it
    eventually with the OSP.How about a
    \”lunar space shuttle\” to the Moon? Got to work on that heatshield.See ya.