I'm afraid that my feelings on hearing of this plan are that this is simply
an attempt to trade on British jingoism. Those of us old enough to
remember may be irresistibly reminded of the Goon Show (a radio comedy of
the 50s and 60s) response to the suggestion the they should climb Everest:
"It's been clumb" (for those who don't know, they eventually put a lift
What on earth (or rather the moon) do they want to do this for? To show
that we can't compete with the Indians, who currently have a satellite in
orbit around Mars? I've seen no indication of any valid science proposed.
Now I have been hooked on space since Sputnik 1 was launched just after my
tenth birthday. I've been a life member of the Amateur Radio Sattellite
Corporation for 40 years and would cheer on any worth-while attempt to
produce something of scientific validity in space but I can see none so far
in this proposal.
In any case Britain is well up in satellite construction. Surrey Satellite
Technology Ltd (a company that cut its teeth on AMSAT satellites) is a
world leader in small satellites!
I think this money could be better spent elsewhere. If it must be spent in
some sort of jingoistic way, why not on a major series of archaeological
studies around the UK to understand more about how our country arose?
On 20 November 2014 09:38, John Wood <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I suspect the moon mission is in some part a way of self satisfying British
> space scientists that we are capable of landing something on a remote body
> without it crashing as with Beagle 2. The moon is perhaps a safer and
> cheaper option than going to Mars again.
> Though would it not be better to spend half a billion on our survival, or
> to learn more about where we live, than on a cosmic suicide note?
> On 20 Nov 2014 09:04, "Michael" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: