Buzz Aldrin did an interview today, and I loved reading his perspective.
On one hand, he thought “Gravity” was the best portrayal of being in space, and Sandra Bullock deserved an Oscar for it, which is awesome. On the other hand, he said he has never seen aliens. So that’s a bummer.
But he had one line that was interesting: “That’s how we should go back to the Moon, not by competing with other nations, like China, to land our people – we’ve done that.”
That got me thinking about the culture of women in America for the past few generations.
Women are very competitive. We compete in fashion, we compete in parenting styles, we compete in our positions and we compete with each other in general (see: weight). Yet, we have achieved so much as a nation together. Women are going to college more, women are more educated, and although women are still in the workforce, something like 40% of women are still working at home, and most of them have some college education, which is amazing. Educated women raise educated children, that’s all I’m sayin’!
At the same time we have created a culture of woman that is fiercely competitive…because we have not grown beyond the competition, and learned how to work as a team again.
I was just thinking, that Buzz Aldrin had a great perspective of how to work as a team once more: “That’s how we should go back to the Moon…” as a team, working together. The culture of women would be a woven culture, instead of individual strands. Older women teaching the younger women, younger women cultivating inspiration and together being a force of women helping each other: the mother, the industrialist, the entrepreneur, the visionary.
It is certainly a good idea to keep on the table. Goals for us to shoot for.credit
“We in the United States cannot come close to the return to leadership that the United States had 45 years ago, and shortly thereafter.
The lack of funding that supported missions to the Moon and return, a pioneering effort for humanity, required 4% of the national budget of the United States. Now we are at 1/2 of 1% and have been that way for quite some while.
To those of us that feel that America is a leader, it was, we helped win WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and we can lead the other nations in peace, just the way that the plaque on the moon that Neil and I left, “We came in peace for all Mankind” – I believe that that is so American, to do things, and share with other nations of the world.
That’s how we should go back to the Moon, not by competing with other nations, like China, to land our people – we’ve done that.
The robotics, the operation of rovers and such at a great distance, has improved tremendously in the last 45 years. I don’t believe the human mind has increased that much at all.
So let the other nations of the world put their citizens on the surface of the moon for prestige – that is a major reason why nations put their people on the Moon. But we’ve done that, we can help the other nations, and we can help other nations use our facilities, and then we can deploy a radio telescope on Mars via balloon and design a strong suggestion for what the lunar base should be, on the near side & the far side, we can help in the construction of those elements, and we can bring those elements that are landed by other countries (because they are heavy, expensive) –
we can bring them together and then the interface between elements that will come together in a complicated way because this is in a gravity field with uneven terrain, it’s not as simple as the space shuttle docking with the space station, or any spacecraft, and zero gravity, it’s much much more difficult, it requires (from a distance) bringing them sufficiently close and aligning them so that the two interfaces from adjacent cylinders (that may be 20 feet in diameter, 30 feet long, vertically part of the the shared space onboard the base) and from each one of these 3 can emanate 2 different nations for a total of 6 different individual nations growing outward for their habitation and laboratories and to control robots on the surface, to establish a distinct presence and yet sharing with the other people who have their personnel and their astronauts or the front or back side.
But that is the great contribution of the United States, technically, but it’s not a contribution that requires great investment of money for big rockets, and sustaining people on the surface.
Returning to the Moon with NASA astronauts is not the best usage of our resources. Because OUR resources should be directed to outward, beyond-the-moon, to establishing habitation and laboratories on the surface of Mars that can be built, assembled, from the close-by moons of Mars. With very little time delay – a second or less. Much better than controlling things on the Moon from the Earth. So when NASA funding comes up for review, please call your lawmakers to support it.”