Apply Apollo’s urgency and technological innovation to climate change

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We have sent people to the moon and now we want to go to Mars, but we can better concentrate on what’s going on on our earth. The money that is used for our space programs should actually be used to combat climate change.

A better approach when applying the lessons of Apollo is an expansive one.

If there is a great scientific and engineering puzzle that needs to be solved now, it is climate change. The same combination of determination and smarts that landed men on the moon can, and must, be deployed to avert the catastrophe of rising sea levels, extreme weather and other disastrous effects of the buildup of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The United States generally allows free enterprise and innovation to solve problems, sometimes in unexpected ways.

There are exceptions, mostly, but not exclusively, at times of war. In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to send astronauts to the moon by the end of the decade, there was no national security imperative to the mission. Nor was there any guarantee of a success.

The Apollo program , which culminated 50 years ago this week with the moon landing of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, was an almost unbelievable success on multiple levels. As a contest of sorts between the United States […]

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