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January 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 3 / Hawai`i Island, USA

17 Jan 2020, 20:35 UTC
January 20-26, 2020 / Vol 39, No 3 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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USA Campaign 2020: Multipartisan Space Future an Earth-Moon Development

Continuity for cis-lunar development will require Democrat leadership buy-in. Jan 20 marks 1-year from the next USA presidential Inauguration Day, as well as Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin 90th birthday. A change in administration may necessitate a balanced approach to maintain national interest, support and funding for the space program. An emphasis on terrestrial benefits (ecological, economic, social) of space activity may assist in maintaining mission commitment for Artemis – lynchpin to reaching Jupiter, Mars, Ad Astra ‘to the Stars’. Long term Earth observation will be critical to mitigation of human caused climate change and other environmental concerns – communication of this interplay between space technology and conservation to the public is vital. NASA administrator Bridenstine pledge to send “the first woman and the next man” to Earth’s Moon is of similar importance, as values of diversity, equality and inclusiveness manifest. Space exploration could also be seen as the ultimate Green New Deal infrastructure project, not without historical precedent: former VP Biden has stated about his parties’ involvement in the Apollo program, “the objective was not just to go to the Moon… it was to get another 435,000 engineers and scientists and mathematicians.” ...

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