"Well, I am excited. This is a great way to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Eagle landing on the Moon. Exciting days might be ahead. That is, if we can keep from killing each other first."
Well - not exactly. We can't quite say good-bye as yet to low Earth orbit. We will still be filling up the low Earth orbit area with more and more satellites. Like lots more 5g satellites which will be used for more "Netflix" like streaming. By the way - none of the early space voyagers have been good stewards of their environment. The "space junk" in Earth orbit will be something which will vex space travelers for many years to come.
But enough about low Earth orbit. That is so yesterday. Right now, all eyes are on the Moon and beyond. Plus - for a change, NASA is really using their collective heads. How so? The first step in getting back to the Moon will be to have a bit of home much closer. We can't move the Earth, so we will put a space station around the Moon. It will be called Gateway.
Gateway is going to be huge in getting all of us off our collective butts. My vote has always been for a Moon base. That still might come. But having a Moon orbiting space station, will be a huge plus up. And - maybe that will be the first step in getting us a Moon base. Some might ask why a Moon base is so important? Many reasons. The most important (in my opinion) will be low gravity launches to get further out into space. Like Mars, the asteroid belt, or maybe even into interstellar space.
But as Dr. Kaku always points out, "We have a cop on the block to watch our speed limit. And that cop is the speed of light." Even though currently we are only able to travel at a fraction of the speed of light, should be ever approach that magical speed, that will be it. That is, unless we unlock what Einstein was talking about with the space/time fabric. In any event, all that is generations away. I am thrilled that we have made the commitment to at least get a space station up by the Moon.
The other night I was listening to an astronomer on YouTube. He said during the next decade (right around the corner), the traffic on and around the Moon will be intense. Lots and lots of new ventures in the offing. Is there the possibility of conflicts? Always, no matter what treaties would say. Mars might have the same issue in thirty years or so. It might be time for mankind to grow up and learn to play together better. We are after all, the same species (regardless of what the Democrats say).
Well, I am excited. This is a great way to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Eagle landing on the Moon. Exciting days might be ahead. That is, if we can keep from killing each other first.