Why is Nasa Going to the Moon?

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Well read and you'll find out for the most part.


Written by Angelina Gaines

Illustration by Vibhu Venkatesh


So, you may have heard, NASA is planning to go back to the moon by 2024. You may wonder how much that will cost, and of course, what’s the purpose of this trip. Well, this expedition is going to cost more than 30 billion dollars. 


Furthermore, in viewing the “We Are Nasa” video that introduces their plan to go to the moon in a very nostalgic sense, cause it’s been fifty years since the small step for man...you get the point, it’s clear that this venture is being taken in order to continue space exploration that hopefully makes way to visiting Mars, and boosting sustainability. 

However, Byrd Pinkerton, Dylan Matthews, and Brian Resnik make a strong case for NASA going to the moon, and that is..


Guess. 


Well, you guessed right. Moon rocks! You may think, wow, rocks? 30 billion dollars for Mars, nice, 30 dillion dollars for sustainability, makes sense, 30 billion dollars for rocks, huh. Well, it’s more complicated than that. Just so you can sleep better at night, I’ll disclose that Pinkerton describes the moon as a time capsule with pieces, including rocks, that play a key understanding to our solar system, and possibly many other vital things in this world. 

I hope I didn’t scare you by simply saying moon rocks and rocks several times; the 30 billion dollars won’t be wasted. Is any money really wasted when it comes to exploration anyways?




Sources for more info:


Achenbach, Joel. “NASA Is Going Back to the Moon - If It Can Figure out How to Get There.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 9 Jan. 2018, www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/01/09/nasa-is-going-back-to-the-moon-if-it-can-figure-out-how-to-get-there/.


Chang, Kenneth. “Why Everyone Wants to Go Back to the Moon.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 12 July 2019, www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/science/nasa-moon-apollo-artemis.html.


Pinkerton, Byrd, et al. “Going Back to the Moon Could Cost $30 Billion. It Might Be Worth It.” Vox, Vox, 17 July 2019, www.vox.com/future-perfect-podcast/2019/7/17/20695133/money-moon-exploration-rocks-2024.

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