Tuesday, December 05, 2006

To the moon...

NASA is going back to the moon, then Mars, according to AJ-Strata.

It's a worthy goal - one we should have had in the 1960s. Better late than never on that front. That said, we do have a bit of a short-term problem. It's called 99942 Apophos (link is to an earlier post). It's coming in on an approach that could lead it to hit Earth in 2036. We have the technology to make this 300-meter wide problem go away.

I suggest we get moving on it NOW. A modified NEAR-Shoemaker, swapping out the scientific instruments for a USAF/USN physics package, would be able to do the job just fine.

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