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One day the Russians and the Chinese may have laser weapons pointing at us from their moon base while NASA employees are enjoying cool breezes and natural light in their earthbound “green” building. The $20.6 million building near Moffett Field in California will be fancifully named Sustainability Base in homage to Tranquility Base on the moon. It’s more like a ludicrous mockery if you ask me.

NASA gets ready for new green building

NASA’s Ames Research Center is ready to begin construction of what is planned as the greenest building ever built by the federal government, a structure that will use state of the art sensors developed for space missions but also rely on the age-old strategy of opening the window to catch a cool breeze.

Christened “Sustainability Base” by NASA in an homage to “Tranquility Base,” the site of the first moon landing 40 years ago the $20.6 million building will begin construction in late September or early October near the gateway to Moffett Field. Space agency and other dignitaries including Lt. Gov. John Garamendi attended a ceremonial ground-breaking Tuesday at the site of the 50,000-square foot building, which is expected to open in 2011. It will be used to test green building technologies, and its designers hope that through its energy conservation features, coupled with its own solar and geothermal energy capacity, that it will approach zero net energy consumption.

I would complain that NASA should be focusing outward towards the heavens instead of San Francisco Bay except that budget problems may force NASA to outsource a lot of that space stuff to private contractors. I like that idea but find it odd since this administration believes America needs to be reformed away from the dishonest villains of private enterprise in other professions.

NASA May Outsource Amid Budget Woes

In the face of severe federal budget constraints and a burgeoning commercial-space industry eager to play a larger role in exploring the solar system and perhaps beyond, these people said, a consensus for the new approach seems to be building inside the White House as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Under this scenario, a new breed of contractors would take over many of NASA’s current responsibilities, freeing the agency to pursue longer-term, more ambitious goals such as new rocket-propulsion technology and manned missions to Mars. Ranging from conventional start-ups to firms created by wealthy entrepreneurs, these contractors would take the lead in servicing the International Space Station from the shuttle’s planned retirement around 2011 through at least the end of that decade.

We need smart people more than we need smart buildings right now.

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  1. RuBegonia says:

    Pat, at first mention of Sustainability Base, I thought you were kidding. Guess not.

    ….what is planned as the greenest building ever built by the federal government, a structure that will use state of the art sensors developed for space missions but also rely on the age-old strategy of opening the window to catch a cool breeze….

    OK..something LIKE THIS?

  2. kkishwat says:

    Another indication of the inmates running the asylum….heavy sigh….

  3. jnarcus says:

    Interesting isn’t it that NACA become NASA under JFK. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics transformed into the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. So where are we spending dollars on ‘green’ crap. Makes me mad Ames USED to be THE center for innovation and design of space vehicles ( Mercury,Gemini,Apollo). And now that great legacy is lost in ‘global warming’. THAT AIN”T ROCKET SCIENCE FOLKS!

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