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July 27 – August 2, 2020 / Vol 39, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA

24 Jul 2020, 20:18 UTC
July 27 – August 2, 2020 / Vol 39, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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USA Campaign 2020 and Artemis Moon Missions: First Women on the Moon

Space Policy Directive-1, the Artemis mission return to the Moon — is a laudable priority of the current USA administration, and key to opening up the Solar System to human activity in the 2020s. With a legacy of exploration going back to the leadership of JFK and LBJ in the Apollo era, the opposition Democrat party ought not allow their rivals to be sole champions of this most inspiring of tasks. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine has commented on “continuity of purpose going from one administration to the next” being a major factor in program success, while the late Representative John Lewis opined “America’s destiny is to explore space… as soon as we lose the ability to dream and reach for the stars, we cease to be great”. Exploration, a species-wide imperative ingrained across culture, geography and race, is exemplified by space travel. As the leading space faring power, USA executive branch has a singular ability to accelerate or retard sustainable human residency in space. Hence, regardless of political orientation / party affiliation, it is imperative that policy regarding space expansion is conducive to this pursuit — for ...

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