Garbage in Human Form Keeps Us from Reaching the Stars
by David Sims
THE QUESTION WAS asked: “Do we have the technology to get to Mars?”
The answer is: Yes, we do. But we have venal, self-serving, short-sighted leaders and their financial backers who act upon our country in the same way that a wad of human excrement and toilet paper clogs up a toilet. Until we flush that unholy rabble-run-amok down to the sewer of life (where they belong), our country will never again do anything that is truly grand.
Another question was asked: “How many people will live on the Moon, Mars, Europa, Io, Ganymede, Callisto, Enceladus, Titan, Mimas, Tethys, Dione, Rhea, Iapetus by 2040?”
The answer: none. The temptation to be optimistic is strong, but the pace of developments toward extraterrestrial colonization — and the observed habits of career politicians with regard to funding space projects — makes any informed person think that nobody will be living beyond Earth, and low Earth orbit, only 23 years from now.
Interplanetary colonization is one of those things such that, after a civilization does them, it is very, very glad that it did — as it literally opens up worlds of possibility. But before it is done, the sort of men who make successful careers in politics cannot for the life of them see why men should live away from Earth.
That is only as should be expected, since they are elected on their promises, and not on their ability or their achievements. In fact, the most conspicuous skill that any politician has (besides lying) is getting in some other politician’s way, when what the other politician is doing is something good; or conspiring with the other politician, when what he’s doing is evil.
Politics is for courtiers with shriveled souls, unfit for the heavens — or for any Heaven.
Another question relates to the claim by some Earth-bound intellects that one of Aryan man’s greatest achievements, the Apollo Moon landings, were faked: “What about the accusations that these landings were faked? Is it possible, from Earth and using a telescope, to see any of the things the astronauts left on the Moon from those excursions? If so, where would one look?”
The answer is no. The angular size of the material left on the Moon is too small to be seen from Earth with a telescope. But the laser reflectors that were left on the Moon are more than detectable; they are useful: NASA uses them every day to recalculate the Moon’s orbit.
And the Apollo Lunar Excursion Modules’ landing stages, which remain on the Moon, as well as assorted other equipment — and foot-trails in the lunar dust left by the astronauts — can indeed be seen by space probes such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. It has photographed all of the Apollo landing sites on the Moon, and the photos are available.
Of course, the denial-hoaxers claim these photos were faked. And they claim that all the Apollo astronauts (and every single one of the engineers who worked on the project) are liars. There is no reasoning with a fanatic.
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