NASA Big Wig… “NASA Has No Plans to Build Any Permanent Structures…” (Mauna Kea)

Last week I wrote about my day up on Mauna Kea with NASA developers and showed some of the pictures that I had taken.

I guess NASA “Big Wig”, Bill Larson read the comments made by Dave Corrigan of the Big Island Video News where we discussed the DVD that NASA gave us.

Mr. Larson comments:

Just to clarify, the test site you visited was selected for this specific test only. NASA has no plans to build any permanent structures at this location. If you go back to the site this week, other than the footprints we left, you wouldn’t be able to tell we had been there and the footprints will probably be gone after a couple of rainstorms. The mention of a permanent structure to simulate a moonbase in the PISCES video is just a PISCES idea, not a NASA idea. NASA has no plans to build a simulated moon base on Mauna Kea and if we ever did decide to build such a structure, it is unlikely, in my opinion, that it would be built in Hawaii. I would more likely be built close to one of the NASA Centers on the mainland. Any further tests conducted in Hawaii would likely be short campaigns like the one we just completed where we specifically need soil or rock conditions similar to the moon.

One more thing, your reference to testing on the “top of Mauna Kea” could mislead people to think we conducted these tests near the summit. The tests were conducted well below the summit (9,000 ft) in areas where four wheel drive enthusiasts and hunters frequently enjoy the mountain. I would not want your readers to believe that we conducted these tests on the more sacred areas of the mountain. We really are trying to be sensitive to the concerns of the local community.

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for your interest in informing the community about our efforts to return to the moon! Warmest Regards, The NASA “bigwig””

I appreciate Mr. Larson’s comments as well as NASA’s overall concern with Mauna Kea.

I did tell Mr. Corrigan that I did not think that this was going to be a long term project and that I didn’t see any permanent structures being built.

As with what may seem to many… I always question government spending on certain projects.

$1 Million Dollar PER Wheel for a dang Moon Rover does seem a bit extreme!  And from the looks of the tread that was on the wheel at Mauna Kea… They will definetely need to find something else then the material that was used on Mauna Kea… because the wheel looked like it was getting pretty shredded.



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