Middle Earther wrote:
I agree that there have been a lot of spinoff from NASA, but why, specifically, the moon? Don't we get a lot of this benefit from the space station/shuttle program?
It gives us a good testing ground for Mars technologies, while still being in emergency-return range of Earth.
I mean, we need to figure out how to set up automated mining systems somewhere, and helium-3 gives us something to dig for at least.