David Grinspoon

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NASA Is Returning to the Moon This Week. Why Do We Feel Conflicted?

NASA  plans this week to return to the moon for the first time since Apollo 17 in 1972. The effort is part of a series of spaceflights under the agency’s  Artemis program. After multiple delays, the first Artemis launch — a test flight without crew members — is slated for early Wednesday. (No doubt NASA’s fingers are crossed.)

Eventually, the program will launch a crew of astronauts, including the first woman and the first person of color to land on the moon, with the  goal to establish a long-term lunar presence.

Space journalist Shannon Stirone hosted a written online conversation with Leroy Chiao, a retired NASA astronaut, Lori Garver, former deputy administrator of NASA, and David Grinspoon, an astrobiologist, about the big questions surrounding the Artemis launch, including whether the financial costs are worth it and what’s gained, or not, by sending humans to space.…  Seguir leyendo »