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Feb 2, 2010
Okay, So President Obama temporarily wants to stop NASA's back-to-the-moon program which has already spent $9 billion on development.  The President has other plans that would encourage the private sector to develop ways to take over the so-called routine flights into space.  Predictably, states like Florida that employ over 7,000 jobs in the space industry aren't happy with the news.  The President wants to wisely shelve the Constellation program which Bush fully encouraged, even though it was outdated during Bush's terms in the White House.  The 2011 budget for NASA will be increased, emphasizing technological innovation to reduce the expense of space travel.  All that will be argued ad nauseum by our partisan politicians.  In my opinion a much larger concern is the garbage dump we've managed to turn space into since our first foray into space.  The moon is littered with earth's trash; it's like picknickers who bring all the fixings and a couple cases of beer to the park.  They can carry it in but don't have the strength, brains, common sense, love of nature, what-the-hell-ever--to carry the used up garbage out again.  It sits there, blows into the ocean or the lakes, plastic and beer tops are eaten by critters and trap birds who die on the grass.

NASA is currently monitoring over 2,000 objects larger than a small pocket knife circling space in a giant asteroid of debris.  This is junk that we, noble humans in search of going where no man has gone before, tossed out of our little space ships into the void.  There are things like pieces of old shuttles, jettisoned stages, gloves, connectors, paint chips, urine, feces, you name it.  NASA says that something as small as a paint chip can act like a bazooka if it hits a shuttle.

Did you know that NASA has to track all of this junk prior to launching a shuttle?  We've created a garbage dump in space that makes it dangerous each time a new shuttle goes up.

What does this say about mankind?  We're running out of space to bury our garbage--much of it unrecyclable--on earth.  So let's trash space.  What gives man the right to keep repeating the same mistakes at nature's consequence.  Einstein said that insanity is repeating the same action over again and expecting a different outcome.  Are we nuts?

We're in a big mess right here on mother earth.  Let's clean it up and think about how we can reduce the danger, i.e., stop dumping garbage in space until it will be impossible to ever reach the moon again.
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