The first Moon landing was 50 years ago today. We’re celebrating today with Moon cookies (chocolate chip cookies with the chips mushed in while they are warm, making little craters). We should be celebrating today on the Moon itself, but Nixon, Ford, and Carter put an end to that.
Prior to the landings, a proposed Space Launch System (not the wimpy rebranded Shuttle version of SLS or current SLS concepts) would leverage the existing designs of the Apollo program to re-use the Saturn V third stages, and derive new designs from that stage, to implement a number of elements that would remain in space. One of these elements was to be a nuclear-powered tug that would ferry cargoes between Earth orbit and lunar orbit, needing only reaction mass to be resupplied periodically (hence the use of the third stage tanks).
Carter, a nuclear engineer, made a unique contribution to grounding humanity by banning the reprocessing of nuclear fuel wastes, leaving 95% of the available energy locked away and fueling instead concerns over nuclear waste storage. As a result, instead of trans-lunar tugs, we have 20 times the amount of nuclear waste, and waste which contains the vastly longer-lived isotopes that would otherwise be burned as fuel.
All of this potential greatness had passed the science stage, and was simply a matter of engineering, and in many cases, simply a matter of manufacturing. The most uncertain work, that of the basic research, had already been done and the concepts were proven. By the time of the Moon landing, there was nothing in the original Space Launch System that we didn’t already know how to do.
One of the main globalist rationales for cancelling all of that greatness was that “we shouldn’t be spending money on space toys as long as there is one hungry child here on Earth”. That argument sounded insane to me as a semi-hungry child, and I haven’t changed my mind since. It would be like saying “as long as you know one destitute person, you shouldn’t spend money sending any of your children to college.” And now, the US hasn’t been able to get astronauts even as far as low earth orbit for years.
Today, instead of Moon bases (some children of GenX should now be reaching adulthood, having been born on the Moon), colonies on Mars (founded by Millennials who shouldn’t have been poisoned and side-lined their entire lives), and vast natural resources from robotic asteroid mining (not reserved for insiders), we have airliners that deliberately try to kill you, and rental cars that get you a felony rap sheet.
So when we celebrate Moon Day, we’re celebrating what our nation once was, and reviewing the past five decades of decay. And, most importantly, looking forward to the future with renewed vigor. So inspired, we can blaze a new path of greatness, this time armed with well-founded and now historically-proven knowledge of the pitfalls along the way.