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Now that our Canadian astronauts lost their ride to the International Space Station because our credits ran out and since Prime Minister Harper is in a spending mood like building up our military machines, the time is right for Canada to build a base on the moon.
Think of the opportunities of having a launch platform from the moon for deep space exploration and because of less gravity on the moon less rocket fuel would be needed to take off.
Environmentally the Earth would be better off because of less vehicle punching through the atmosphere.
New space vehicles could be manufactured on the moon as well as the fuel source.
Industry would have better research facilities on the moon and with the low gravity develop better and more efficient products.
It would take one country to start it and other countries would jump on board like they did with the International Space Station.
It is time for our Canadian astronauts to do more than just floating in a piece of metal around the Earth.
It is time to move forward and in the seven years while Canada waits for more credits so it can hitch a ride to the space station they could be bringing the space program to the next level of deep space travel.