NASA Wants to Put a Nuclear Reactor on the Moon (msn.com)
This is the latest idea of NASA scientists (or “boffins”, as the brits hilarious refer to science nerds).
Put a nuclear reactor on the moon, which could make it (the moon) a permanently habitable place, more or less. This Lunar Chernobyl/Fukishima is an add-on to LAST weeks government revelation that there's enough oxygen on the moon (trapped in rocks) for 8 billion people. So . . . you have water, you have oxygen, what more do you want to hear before you start shoveling tax dollar at NASA to "build back better"?
Even if you're slow to embrace the moon nuclear power idea, the government is desperate to encourage despirited public school students to sign up for STEM courses, and this could inspire them. Because . . . um . . . the bigger the applicant pool of mediocre public school talent, the better the result will be? No wait . . that doesn't sound right, does it? That's how lawyers are created. Let me walk that back.
We need to put a permanent base on the moon, because the ISS space station will soon be destroyed by one of the 50,000 pieces of low earth orbit shrapnel created when the Russians tested their anti-satellite missile last week. Does that do it for you? No? Hmmm . . .
Well, if we don't go back to the moon – and soon – and claim it for the USA, the Chinese are going to get there, and re-unify it with Taiwan, Tibet, and Timbuktu. Chinese boffins just demonstrated an MCU worthy hypersonic ICBM that circled the planet at 5X the speed of sound. They are as far ahead of us in this area, as the Russians were when they sent up Sputnik. And then all those russian dogs that suffocated in space. And we beat THEM to the moon, right?
I readily admit that one of my failings is that I watch too much television. But possibly the NASA boffins banging the drums for a Lunar Chernobyl don't watch enough TV. At least, they should probably watch the HBO mini-series “Chernobyl”. I've been a moderate to strong supporter of safe, clean nuclear power until I binge watched this show. Will I be spoiling the ending for you if I reveal that 150,000 people had to be evacuated, at least 10,000 have died so far, and the area will be radioactive for 20,000 years? I'm sorry . . .
No, NASA, I don't want a nuclear reactor on the moon. And I don't want an arsenal of next gen hypersonic NASA missiles on the theory that some ginormous asteroid is getting too close. I don't want hundreds of medium sized asteroid fragments raining down on us. We probably couldn't even tell if an asteroid was going to hit us anyway. That Chelyabisk one came out of nowhere, and exploded with more force than the Hiroshima bomb. (Chernobyl released more radiation than Hiroshima too. Thousands of times more)
I'd settle to have my tax dollars directed to more mundane stuff. Like a vaccine against Covid 19 that works better, so i can ditch the mask at work (I'm a food worker). Protection against state sponsored hacking and grid attacks. A future where the US dollar doesn't become worthless due to hyperspending and hyperinflation, from building hypersonic missiles.
Is that too much to ask? Spend it on stuff we really need?
Let Elon Musk build a lunar - or martian - nuclear reactor, if he wants. It's his money.