Astronaut John Young: “The Moon Can Save Earth’s Civilization.”

"NASA is not about the 'Adventure of Human Space Exploration.' We are in the deadly serious business of saving the species. I think over this century if we industrialize the moon and use its resources, I think it can save civilization. I think over the long haul, going to Mars will extend civilization. But I think the moon has the capability to save us." ­

Astronaut John Young, Captain, Apollo 16 Flight to the Moon

North America land mass amid the Earth's oceans and clouds in image taken from Apollo 16 after launch on April 16, 1972. Commander was astronaut John W. Young with his crew, Thomas Mattingly and Charles Duke. Apollo 16 returned in ocean splashdown on April 27, 1972. Earth image courtesy NASA.
North America land mass amid the Earth's oceans and clouds in image taken from Apollo 16 after launch on April 16, 1972. Commander was astronaut John W. Young with his crew, Thomas Mattingly and Charles Duke. Apollo 16 returned in ocean splashdown on April 27, 1972. Earth image courtesy NASA.
NASA Apollo 16 crew, the tenth manned Apollo mission, April 16-27, 1972. L-R: Thomas K. Mattingly, II; Commander John W. Young; Charles M. Duke, Jr. -
NASA Apollo 16 crew, the tenth manned Apollo mission, April 16-27, 1972. L-R: Thomas K. Mattingly, II; Commander John W. Young; Charles M. Duke, Jr. -

 

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