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Economic Payback
Achieve this Moon-Mars program through an international 50-year crash
program, as outlined by the late economist Lyndon LaRouche — ensuring
the high rates of economic payback on Earth which can only be reached
by developing new space and fusion technologies, and sharing those
technologies internationally as the basis for durable peace on this planet.
A Moon-Mars crash program to develop the technologies required for lunar industrialization, fusion-powered
space travel at one-gravity acceleration, and Mars colonization is the most important program for generating
economic growth today. To understand this, simply look
at the precedent of President John F. Kennedy’s Apollo
lunar landing program. For every $1 the U.S. government
spent on the 1960s Apollo program, the U.S. economy
generated over $10 in payback within the next decade—a
pretty good investment!6
However, despite the resounding economic success of
the Apollo program, most economists and politicians today understand very little about how and why crash programs work as economic drivers—or, what even qualifies as a crash program.
The defining characteristic of a successful economic driver
crash program is the accelerated development and implementation of new technologies throughout the economy which increase the productive powers of the labor force.
For a counter-example, doubling or tripling the physical and financial costs of electricity by forced mass-implementation of solar and wind power generation is not
a positive economic crash program. Creating the technologies needed for fusion-powered space fight and a
human base on Mars in 50 years is the key program that
will generate the technological breakthroughs that will
advance the global economy.
6. “The Economic Impact of NASA R&D Spending,” Michael K.
Evans, Chase Econometric Associates, Inc., April 1976.
Colonizing Space Will Change Our Culture
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center
in Florida. On July 20, as command module pilot Michael Collins
looked on from lunar orbit, the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, with
Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on board, landed on the Moon,
marking “a giant leap for mankind.”


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