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The BBC reported on 13. of March 2010 that US-President Obama has decided to cancel the Constellation Moon landings programme.
Jim Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13 stated the this decision will have “”catastrophic consequences”
for the dream of colonise the moon or other worlds.

The last man on the Moon, Eugene Cernan of Apollo 17, the last man on the Moon, Eugene Cernan,
said it was “disappointing”.
Asked why, he answered:
“I think America has a responsibility to maintain its leadership in technology and its moral leadership…
to seek knowledge. Curiosity’s the essence of human existence.”
The stress is to be on “the moral leadership”.
If this imperative would be taken seriously, everyone would be glad to stop the space program.

One of the problems for our climate is the water vapor produced to propel the rockets forward.

According to The most familiar type of liquid rocket is one in which liquid oxygen is used to oxidize liquid hydrogen.
In this reaction, water vapor at very high temperatures (about 2700°C, or 4,900°F) is produced.
The water vapor is expelled from the rear of the rocket, pushing the rocket itself forward.

The rockets on their ways to outerspace must pass the stratosphere where water vapor is distributed.

This means that with each rocket more water vapor is accumulated in a sphere were it is not supposed to be.
The ramifications are not known. But is is save to assume that it influences the conditions in the outer atmosphere in
a bad way. After all the water vapor is not supposed to be there in the first place.
Since the invention of jet planes and rockets also this part of our world is not untouched by human beings and technology.
Another point to contemplate are the results of the exits of all the rockets for the outer layers of the atmosphere.
Each point of a rocket is like a needle which pierce the ozone layer.
So the conclusion is, that perhaps the cancelation of the moon project is not a catastrophe but that space travel
adds to the climate catastrophe.
The point of Mr. Eugene Cernan that the technological advancement will be slackend might be right, but what is more
important; technical development or stopping the climate change?
And who, if not the NASA has the ability to find the technology to help our space station Earth?

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  2. Alexandra R.

    Anthropogenic factors are human activities that change the environment. In some cases the chain of causality of human influence on the climate is direct and unambiguous (for example, the effects of irrigation on local humidity), while in other instances it is less clear. Various hypotheses for human-induced climate change have been argued for many years. Presently the scientific consensus on climate change is that human activity is very likely the cause for the rapid increase in global average temperatures over the past several decades.[25] Consequently, the debate has largely shifted onto ways to reduce further human impact and to find ways to adapt to change that has already occurred.

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  3. Robert

    A main theme arising from this symposium is the need for the populace and decision makers to be better informed of the scientific facts pertaining to the major issues facing modern society. Ultimately, society must choose to adopt new technologies and ideas despite the perceived security of the status quo and inclinations to defer tackling complex, long-term problems. As

  4. Sam

    Nice Article, i really like it, keep up the good work. !

  5. Marcia Space

    Space exploration might provide us with knowledge that can help us do something about climate change.

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