January 29, 2012

Op/Ed: How Much Is an Astronaut’s Life Worth? Reason Magazine

Posted by tourdemars to Humans To Mars at January 29, 2012 12:08 AM

If we could put a man on the Moon, why can’t we put a man on the Moon? Starting with near zero space capability in 1961, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) put men on our companion world in eight years. Yet despite vastly superior technology and hundreds of billions of dollars in subsequent spending, the agency has been unable to send anyone else farther than low Earth orbit ever since. Why? Because we insist that our astronauts be as safe as possible.
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