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1774 – Sheila

Sheila has not heard about NASA’s plans to go to the moon in 2024. She thinks it is a good thing that we are exploring space because we are not managing the earth well. She is not interested in traveling to space herself.

It is an interesting point to say that we should explore space and colonize space because we are messing up earth. This is often sited by people that are both for space (we need a back up) and against space (we need to fix earth). And one of my previous interviews even went as far as saying that we should not explore space because we will just mess it up.

However, fixing the earth is also the point of space travel. Jeff Bezos talks about moving all heavy industry and mining off of earth and zoning earth as a park and light industrial. Many people react to this saying it is impossible, uneconomical. But they do this while flying on planes that can take them between any place on earth in less than 24 hours and over WhatsApp that lets them have video calls in real time with nearly anyone in the world and as they answer the door to take receipt of their Amazon order just placed an hour ago while watching a streaming movie just released yesterday. All of which would have been deemed as impossible and uneconomical just a few years or decades ago. Now it is just a normal part of everyday life.

With scale, constant and quick refinement, and complete operational reusability, space is about to open up in an unimaginable way. The way that some people could envision the internet’s capabilities in the early 1990s in the age of the dialup modem, so I and a few others can see what space will be like.

In the 2030s there will be everyday travel to space and industrialization and mining in space that will be taken as a normal thing. Things that were though impossible just a few years ago will become common in the next decade.

Exciting times ahead. Space will be the new internet. Anyone that can do anything related to space will be in high demand. Study up!

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1775 – Luke

Luke had not heard about NASA’s plans to go to the moon. He wonders why NASA is going. He is quite happy with staying on the ground.

I think “Why are we going?” is a recurring theme in these interviews. For the pro-space people it is axiomatic and is something that is obviously good. For people not so much interested in space, they need it to fit into a practical purpose. I think nearly everyone agrees on the value of communication satellites, GPS, weather satellites and the like. Not everyone would agree on the need for monitoring the sun or looking for near earth objects. But taking some measures to understand how space weather affects the satellites and communications on earth is something that many would see value in. Understanding what asteroids might impact the earth most could agree with (though not everyone). But then when you get into human spaceflight and exploration of the planets and observing the cosmos, you start to get into an area that does not have demonstrable practical benefit. For these types of areas it becomes more philosophical. And it has more to do with your view of humanity in the cosmos. Is our time here long or short? Is it something that we can control or influence? Are we something precious, deserving of surviving for the long term or are we pests that should not go messing up the universe?

I think as human settlements start to appear in the solar system and becomes the norm that more people will come to accept space exploration as something inevitable. Until then, it will come down to beliefs.

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1776 – Mark

Mark had heard about NASA’s 2024 moon landing plans from this series of videos. He thinks it is a good thing to be returning. 2024 seems a long way off. He would go to space once it was safe and affordable.

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1777 – Leslie

Leslie thinks going back to the moon is a good thing. It is cool to be exploring. She would like to see the CGI of us colonizing the Milky Way become real.

She was surprised to hear that we were returning to the moon. She thought we had already been going. (Every time there is a launch with astronauts, someone asks me were they are going. The idea that they are just “going around the earth” is completely incomprehensible. Why would we spend so much just to go around the earth.)

She has some hesitation going to space. The danger and loneliness gives her some pause.

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1778 – Dawn

“First Woman Walks on the Moon” (headline from 2024). Dawn is glad to see us returning to the moon and that we are increasing diversity among our moonwalkers. She had not heard about the Artemis project to land people on the moon in 2024. NASA needs to do more marketing which they may be waiting to do as it gets closer. Dawn would like to experience Spaceflight but does not like the idea of the cramped area. (Maybe a SpaceX Starship with a few Bigelow expandable modules attached might be the answer.)

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1779 – Roy

Roy had not heard of NASA’s plans to go to the moon. But he remembers the last time. He thinks the exploration and the continuous invention is good. But at 81 he does not want to go into space. Save it for younger people.

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1780 – Adrien

NASA needs to talk more about the research they are doing and plan on doing in everyday language and everyday channels of communication (social media, radio, in the schools) in order to get the word out about going to the moon in 2024.

Adrien thinks it is good that we are exploring and he would like to go into space. In 500 years we should have people living on Mars and would like to see us taking better care of the earth. SpaceX’s activities are known about the reusable 1st stage. But the information about Starship is not making it into mainstream. This is probably because the futuristic predictions of the past and the fact they have not come into reality has caused much of it to fade into the background noise of our lives.

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1781 – Meenakshi

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1782 – Takisha

Takisha thinks that going back to the moon would be pretty cool. She can’t believe it has been so long since we last went. She had not heard about it and NASA needs to find a way to reach more people with the news. She would not be interested in traveling to space.

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1783 – Jerilyn

Jerilyn is excited to see us return back to the moon. She thinks the exploration is worth it! We can live on other planets someday. She would go if she could. She wants to be able to experience space.