(WATCH) Moon Shot

(Originally aired: Dec. 4, 2022)

NASA’s Orion rocket is nearing the end of its historic unmanned mission to the moon, the first step toward returning man to the lunar satellite, and then venturing where no man has gone before. Lisa Fletcher has more on the Artemis mission and taxpayer costs.

For four and a half billion years, it’s been there, silently circling our planet. Now, it could become our stepping stone to the universe.

When Artemis 1 lifted off last month from the coast of Florida, it represented the start of a new era for NASA and human space exploration. One that continues a journey begun in 1969.

Bill Nelson: We’re going back to the moon. This time we’re going to stay, and then we’re going to Mars.

Bill Nelson is the administrator of NASA. A former Florida senator, he’s also one of only two members of Congress to ever go into space.

Lisa: Why go back to the moon first?

Bill Nelson: That gives us the opportunity to learn how to live and work in that very hostile environment.

This first mission is designed to test everything without risking human astronauts.

Bill Nelson: We would never put humans on this one because we are pushing it to the limit.

Getting to back to the moon has required a new rocket with even more power than the Saturn V that lifted the Apollo missions. Full Measure got an inside look at it earlier this summer as it was being prepared.

Jeremy Parsons: Think about something the size of the Statue of Liberty, and we’re going to get it going 25,000 miles per hour.

Jeremy Parsons is deputy program manager for ground exploration systems.

Jeremy Parsons: When we start talking about going to the moon, we’re talking 230,000 miles, three days away. And we haven’t done that for a very long time — since the final Apollo mission. And so there’s a lot of things that we have to necessarily re-learn, like the heat shield, right?

That heat shield gets its big test when the spacecraft returns to earth. A crucial moment for a program that’s already burned through $40 billion and is on track to spend much more.

Lisa: When you’re talking about building machinery like this, to the limits of science, the costs are extraordinary. The inspector general for NASA recently said that the $4 billion-per-launch price tag is unsustainable.

Bill Nelson: Well, that’s the development cost all piled into that. I mean, it takes a lot of money to build a new rocket. But when you start amortizing that cost over one per year, over an entire decade, then you start to get your costs down.

Some call Artemis the new Apollo, with its bigger rocket and budget, but today’s goals far exceed what was done 50 years ago. And this time, if it works, the moon won’t be the finish. It’ll be where mankind starts its next giant leap.

For Full Measure, I’m Lisa Fletcher in Florida.

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  1. Lisa Fletcher and Sharyl Attkisson,

    How about a “MOON SHOT” towards
    reinstalling moral, civilized society ?

    One of this scribblers’ focused interests
    has been ( is ) the FEMALE brain in women
    and men, and how sex-based dichotomies
    of the left (male) and right (female) hemis-
    pheres — and how each half interacts with
    our Reptile ( “old” / limbic ) brain — impact
    politics, culture and how we males and
    females interact with one another.

    “There is nothing new under the sun,” cites
    the Holy Bible—as today’s sex-confusion
    tensions had played out in what was 15-century
    Germany, when women had pursued high-
    knowledge positions in science and politics
    while the men dressed and acted effeminately
    ( publicly crying at the drop of a hanky ! ).

    That cyclical switching of sex-related duties/
    behaviors is a very curious phenomenon, I’ve
    not yet solved. Maybe the introduction of an
    estrogenic food ?

    But one aspect of the battle of the sexes has
    not changed : “Who rocks the cradle rules the

    What to make of the
    third quote below ? :

    1) “Some men’s idea of free
    speech is that they are free to
    say what they like, but if anyone
    says anything back, it is an
    outrage.” -Winston Churchill

    2) “The purpose of a writer is to
    keep civilization from destroying
    itself.” -Albert Camus

    —3) “In times of unrighteousness
    —and disorder, women become
    —corrupted; from the corruption
    —of women comes the mixing of
    —races; and from this comes all
    —evil.” -Bhagavad Gita (4,000 BC).

    Women initiate 69% of divorces,
    today, and any children suffering
    that trauma are irreparably damaged
    ( psychologically !, and somewhat
    physically from the high stress im-
    pacting the immune system )—to
    explain much of gender dysphoria
    wrecking our society now.

    “No-Fault Divorce” must no longer
    be an option, for the sake of the
    children ( study my essay, “The
    Donahue Syndrome” )—and
    surveyed adults would rather
    have had combative/yelling parents
    stay together than “happy” apart.



    Also, the PORN industry is a crime
    against High-Culture Civilization—
    not to mention a mind-molestation
    of children and young adults !

  2. This article and space thoughts ? Is Global warming real or is it getting Hotter because of the way our (( Sun )) is Burning up its Hydrogen within = Thermo Mass expansion E= ( Subgroups Pi, ) Re- Calculating the Sun’s Mass Energy into it’s expansion of mass ejections through time._ Wm.Andrews Rochester, IN. ” It’s all about Time % Has anybody at Goddard ever thought of clocking our Sun’s Annual expansions of mass energy ejections ( our Sun burning of Hydrogen within ) from our Sun since the early 1900’s till Now ? ” From the inner Mind to the outer limits ???

  3. My earlier post Un-Squared Mathmatics thoughts ? When the (( Sun )) Slowly churns and Burns up more of its % of Hydrogen, Its Helium and other elements will expand its Mass .. If I could have engineered Genesis I would have changed the way Mass Energy works in space and allowed for the expansion of the Sun’s Mass Energy Gravity to push the Earth away as the Sun’s grows and or Mass energy Compensation expansion Gravity ? Speed Bump ?? Hugs and Wink Sharyl !

  4. This article and Energy particles. e=lim ( n—> 10^10^10^ 10000000000 ), numbers in a infinate time continue clocking Hydrogen \ Helium ^ Thermo expansions ejections from the (( Sun )) numbers in relative e = action too large to keep up with in Relative time movements ~ ( E>>P;E ) ” The Summit of knowledge is only bound by the Energy used to create it ! _ Wm. Andrews Rochester, IN.

  5. Re-this my last post comment on energy particles comment calculative example; Never mind My Google Android phone changed my typed calculative wording again in posting typed comment ? Bad Google Android phone I think there do this stuff on purpose ? They Don’t want me posting comments on Sharyl’s website must be answer ??

  6. I made a Dicovery out in space about some distance Masses Out in the Galaxy and there Volcano eruptions and there Cosmic Rays. Also Check out these Real Alien looking creatures you might have not known about = Look pictures of them up online ? Vampire Squid + Frilled Shark + Nudibranch + Peacock Mantis shrimp + Pink see through Fantasia..There are more !

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