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house Bill H.R. 1446

Getting Back To The Moon

Argument in favor

As a world leader, the U.S. should be at the forefront of space innovation. Returning to the moon and establishing a base there would be a massive accomplishment, creating momentum for further exploration in the final frontier.

Argument opposed

There is no plan to fund this project, which will undoubtedly be very costly. With private sector companies handling more of NASA’s logistics, the U.S. should look beyond the Moon to Mars or asteroids.

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      house Committees
      Space and Aeronautics
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedApril 9th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 1446?

This bill aims to reassert America’s leadership in space exploration by setting new objectives for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA would be directed to plan a return to the Moon by 2022, and to develop a sustained human presence there. The purpose of the Moon base would be to promote exploration, commerce, science, and U.S. preeminence in space as a stepping stone for future exploration of Mars and other destinations.

Impact

NASA employees, contractors, scientists and researchers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1446

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth:

U.S. space exploration has been a contentious topic since NASA elected to discontinue its space shuttle program, forcing American astronauts to hitch rides into orbit with the Russians. This was suggested as a way of cutting costs to help reduce the budget deficit.


In addition to collaborating with Russia on getting American astronauts into space, NASA has seen private sector competition emerge in the form of
SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, and Orbital Sciences, among others. These companies have started making supply deliveries to the International Space Station, and eventually may deliver astronauts to the facility.


The development of these private sector space companies has been impressive, but there have been setbacks that remind us all of the dangers of space exploration. A Virgin Galactic
test flight accident led to the death of one person, and the severe injury of another; while an Orbital Sciences rocket that was going to deliver 5000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station exploded on launch.


Still, NASA has its sights set on eventually putting astronauts on Mars, and in the interim will attempt to capture an asteroid to redirect it to the Moon where it can be studied.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) Press Release

Space.com

Space Politics

Space Policy Online

(Photo Credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)

AKA

REAL Space Act

Official Title

To direct the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to plan to return to the Moon and develop a sustained human presence on the Moon.

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    We need to go back to the moon because the future of the human race depends on it. We need to learn how to colonize and terraform other planets because our solar system has about half a billion years until our sun dies. The Kardeshev Scale also shows that in order for humans to progress we need to learn more about the field of science to survive forever. The moon is a way to learn how to do this to other planets as this can be a learning ground.
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