Robert S. Walker, former chairman of the House Science Committee, writes in the Washington Times that the Chinese are planning not only to go to the moon, but to set up a base there and occupy it. When we went to the moon, we erected an American flag there, but we’ve never claimed it as ours. What will happen if China claims the moon belongs to them?

The European Space Agency is getting ready to go to Mars with robots, just like we did, but neither of us wants to annex Mars as one of our territories. However, as soon as valuable minerals are found on a planet, and an inexpensive method is devised to get them back to Earth, it’s inevitable that countries will start to stake claims in outer space. We know that Helium 3, which is rare on Earth, is abundant on the moon.read more

Despite the fact that we’re able to send probes far out into the universe, we still don’t know how our own Moon was created. Astrophysicist Dr. Robin Canup has a new theory?he says the Moon was created in a double impact 4.5 billion years ago, which destroyed almost all of the Earth as it existed then. A young planet that was almost our twin hit the Earth not just once, but twice. The Earth re-formed, but the debris from the impacting planet became our Moon.
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Earth’s second moon has been discovered by a Canadian amateur astronomer. So far, it’s known only as J002E3, and circles the Earth every 49.5 days along an elliptical path which is sometimes as far away as 520,000 miles from Earth. Some scientists think it’s an asteroid?although most asteroids orbit the Earth, not the moon. Some think it could be space junk that’s been sucked into orbit. If it’s an asteroid, then according to its reflected light, it?s about 50 yards wide; if it?s space junk that was painted white (and thus reflects more light), it could be half that size.
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Every time Congress designates a dump site for radioactive material in the U.S., the local NIMBY group says, “Not in My Back Yard.” There’s not only the problem of storing dangerous waste underground, where it will remain active for thousands of years, but the issue of transporting it over city streets and highways to reach the dump site. Also, there?s the question of whether radioactivity will pollute the underground water table, sending dangerous drinking water to nearby suburbs and cities. But there’s one place we can take our trash where none of this will be a problem?the moon.
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