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  • I'm an American and I consider NASA a priority

    38 63.33%
  • I'm an American and I don't consider space programs a priority

    12 20.00%
  • I'm an American and I want more international coop (NASA + ESA + other)

    20 33.33%
  • I'm an European and I consider ESA a priority

    2 3.33%
  • I'm an European and I want more international coop

    2 3.33%
  • I'm an European and I don't care about space programs

    0 0%
  • I'm Russian and I want more for Roscosmos

    1 1.67%
  • I'm Russian and I want more cooperation

    1 1.67%
  • I'm Russian and I don't care about space programs

    0 0%
  • I'm (other) and herp derp, I leave comment

    4 6.67%
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    The exploration and utilization of space is vital for humanity, I support all reasonable efforts to achieve it.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Everything in existence lies beyond the confines of low earth orbit. In our tiny solar system alone one could spend an evening on Io as you watched the fantastic aurora borealis effect unlike anything possible to imagine on earth as you witnessed the interplay between the electric storms which wrack Io and the close proximity to the magnetosphere of Jupiter the result is a fantastic light show that is unrivaled in our stellar system. You could travel to Mars and stand atop Olympus Mons knowing that you stand atop the tallest geological formation for billions of miles. Or you could journey to Europa and drill down and see what mysteries and beauty the ancient frozen waters hide beneath.

    There are a trillion times a trillion things to see, so much in our solar system. Everything that is, was, and ever will be exists beyond the narrow perimeter of our atmosphere.

    It doesn't excite you? It doesn't fill you with wonder or interest? Then you haven't thought about it that much.
    And I could climb Everest, explore the deepest oceans of Earth, adventure through North American woodlands, traipse through the Amazonian jungle, experience night time in the Sahara and a **** load else that Earth provides (IE: diversity, not for all we know are dead rocks). I will unlikely be able to do this all in one lifetime. The treasure trove is right here.

    I have thought about it, and any images I see of other planets does not excite my imagination. Life is fundamental to the diversity of beauty.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    And I could climb Everest, explore the deepest oceans of Earth, adventure through North American woodlands, traipse through the Amazonian jungle, experience night time in the Sahara and a **** load else that Earth provides (IE: diversity, not for all we know are dead rocks). I will unlikely be able to do this all in one lifetime. The treasure trove is right here.

    I have thought about it, and any images I see of other planets does not excite my imagination. Life is fundamental to the diversity of beauty.

    Hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered already. Some of them are candidates for being life-bearing worlds.

    Before you say we'll never get there, I'll say a recent study showed that the Alcubierre Drive could be far more feasible than originally believed... we don't know what another century may bring.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    We now know whats out there (space), and its more space.
    What we should be developing is our oceans.
    People don't develop oceans. Space travel has a lot of benefits, the single most important being the technology that's developed to perform the missions. Such technology is used by millions every day and has not only saved lives, but made out lives better.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered already. Some of them are candidates for being life-bearing worlds.

    Before you say we'll never get there, I'll say a recent study showed that the Alcubierre Drive could be far more feasible than originally believed... we don't know what another century may bring.
    I have no doubt we could get there, but there's a difference between them being candidates for life-bearing (that conditions make it possible) and actually having good chances of bearing life.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    I have no doubt we could get there, but there's a difference between them being candidates for life-bearing (that conditions make it possible) and actually having good chances of bearing life.

    Latest estimates say there should be at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy... and perhaps several times that many.

    If one in a thousand is life-bearing, that would be 100 million life-bearing planets...

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Latest estimates say there should be at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy... and perhaps several times that many.

    If one in a thousand is life-bearing, that would be 100 million life-bearing planets...
    I think those are incredibly optimistic odds you're giving there.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    I think those are incredibly optimistic odds you're giving there.

    Optimistic or pessimistic is a matter of opinion in that... we haven't gotten a good enough look at ANY exoplanet yet to say for sure whether it has life, so it is all speculation until we go LOOK.


    I want to go look.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    IMO, while i think space is a priority, NASA became too big to be useful. example: how many astronauts did we really need on staff?(far fewer than we kept)

    while i am way into space exploration, i am also way into stopping rediculous and unfounded financial waste. when Russia, China and Richard Branson can put a module into space for significantly less, then the USA's space ventures need to be seriously reevaluated and brought to a halt until the dead weight is cut loose.

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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    I consider it a priority right there with Pakistani Sesame Street and the bridge to nowhere. There are far better things that the money could be spent on. NASA is the equivalent of a family who can't pay their mortgage taking a 2 week vacation to the Bahamas.
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