Photo by Chris Sperring
I've just had a letter published in The Tablet about the moon. I've been very interested about the search for water, what an amazing concept that frozen oceans might lie underneath the rocky surface; but I am disturbed by the methods being used.
I wonder if I am the only one to be concerned about the unchallenged assumption that it is fine to slam a 2 ton rocket into a crater to produce an explosion large enough to send a 10 km cloud of dust and debris into space? Why is it OK to bomb the moon?
I know it happened in a dark area inside a crater, but it is the principle that matters. It lays bear our basic assumption that we have a right to do anything to the natural world. It is sad the moon now no longer just has our footprints, it has a bomb crater and debris. I'm not sure looking at it will be quite the same again and I wonder if this is just the start of the path of destruction we see so much on this planet.