America lassos the moon?

To the Moon and Back, Not!

Today as you light your premium cigar from Tabanero’s You can contemplate how someday soon you and your cigar might be from the moon.

Let’s start with the cigar.

There is news out of China that they have grown a plant on the moon.  No, it wasn’t planted in the Moon. They didn’t land on the moon, get out of the space craft, dig a hole, and plant a seed. That would have been a quantum leap.  

No, what happened is that a probe landed on the moon and on that probe was a seed in a box.  That seed grew into a cotton plant while the probe has been on the moon. Read about it here:

http://www.astronomy.com/news/2019/01/plants-have-been-grown-on-the-moon-for-the-very-first-time

The big idea is this: if that probe were a space station, then plants would grow.

That is important because Jim Bridenstine, the Director of NASA, published an article yesterday in which he announced that within a decade we could have a colony on the moon.

“But to some, saying we’re returning to the moon implies we’ll be doing the same as we did 50 years ago. I want to be clear — that is not our vision. We are going to the moon with innovative new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the surface than we ever thought possible. This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay.”

Yes , he really said we would be staying on the moon.

Wonderful life pic

If we take on this venture, it will require a massive effort from American businesses. In the words of Bridenstine, “We are calling on American companies to help design and develop human lunar landers, reusable systems for astronauts to land on the moon.”

It sounds like something that we won’t witness in our lifetime. Bridenstine says otherwise, “Following a buildup of capabilities, our goal is to land astronauts on the moon within the next decade. Billions of people around the world will watch history being made as astronauts explore more of the surface for longer periods of time than ever before, and help us prepare for missions to Mars and other destinations.”

Will this be something that ignites the American imagination or will such a massive project drain America’s resources?

Bridenstine believes it will be the former, “We’re actively seeking ideas from the best and brightest from American industry. I may have missed the first human landing on the moon, but I’m working to ensure that I see the next one, along with the rest of the world.”

Something to think about as you enjoy your handmade premium cigar from Tabanero’s , on Earth -for now.

Read the full article by NASA here: www.ozy.com/opinion/nasa-join-us-in-going-to-the-moon-and-beyond/92573

And always Taba family – keep it lit!

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