this whole voyager thing is fucking amazing. it's not an important step like when we landed on the moon, but dammit....a human construct is finally leaving our little safe bubble in the universe, and it's entering outer space....REALLY outer space
i have no idea what data it will be able to collect...or even IF there is important data to collect....but the simple fact we are about to know "what's out there?" it's fucking emotional
pretty sure this is the only time in the past century we can use the phrase "here be dragons" with its full meaning
I don't think a moonbase would be pointless at all. A space elevator is a really neat idea and all, but we don't have the materials to actually build one. We also don't have the social structures in place to maintain or secure one. We do have those things for a moonbase though.
It's not really an argument between best and second best, it's more of a decision between possible and impossible.
If I were writing a book I'd go with space elevator. If I were lobbying Congress I'd go with military moonbase.