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Follow the Money, the Science, or the Theology? A Second Reflection on the Forthcoming Artemis Moon Mission. — 6 Comments

  1. The main question you raise in this article is, at least in my case, a bit too complex to answer in a comment. For now I just want to respond to a detail, namely the commercial interest in space resources. I bring this up because about that topic there is much, frankly, nonsense being promoted that has a dangerous potential of turning into a large scale scam.

    Imagine yourself as a little green Aldebaranian scouring a few convenient planetary systems for resources to bring home. The first object around Sol that catches your attention is… Earth! Leave aside the biogenic resources that are unique, and consider only minerals. The planet has a long, complex geological history that has enriched almost any minor element somewhere in a stratified ore, a pegmatite, a salt pan, and more features not found on any asteroid, nor most other planets.

    The one possible exception to this richness that comes to mind is noble metals (since you write about “resources… brought back to earth,” I am ignoring stuff useful in space, like water-bearing minerals). Metal-rich asteroids may indeed contain them in an amount that in abstract theory would be worth trillions of dollars. The trillions of dollars it would require to utilize them are less often mentioned, and I don’t think the technology will be available any sooner than half or a whole century from now. By then humans will likely have invented less costly work-arounds for most of the current uses of these elements.

    Alfred Kracher
    Apple Valley, Minnesota

  2. I think I was too young to appreciate “Earth Rise”, when I first saw it. Probably only after a few years of education, did I start to appreciate what the effort was to take that picture, and then the fragile beauty of the Earth (in contrast with the “Magnificent Desolation”)
    But in the naïve/ enthusiastic thinking of an 8-12 y/o, it was just another confirmation of man-kinds certain future progress. Like “Star Trek” or “2001: A Space Odyssey”! My thinking has been tempered by age and experience, but hope springs eternal!
    How “Earth Rise” affected my understanding of God also took more time and experience. But even with the recent events which have again made obvious the fragility of our existence, I think I find solace in the knowledge that our God given intelligence will see us through.
    Stay safe and well, we are almost there!

    Like the “miracle” of science that took us to the moon, vaccinations and supportive care are products of intelligence!

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