Saturday, 17 October 2009

In the Shadow of the Moon

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.


  1. Good post. I think its shocking that NASA did this. We can't be trusted with our own planet and why should we be so arrogant as to think we have any rights elsewhere?

  2. I quite agree - it shows a mind set that still goes unchallenged.