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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]

    If the nearest habitable planet is only 20 light years away, we have no chance of getting there....
    If we could somehow attain light speed, we would probably have to destroy our own planet for enough fuel to go that fast...
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    I am of the opinion that space exploration and exploitation (the latter because we are more likely to go up there if profit is to be made, frankly) is one of the most important things humans should be worried about.

    Even if the chances of asteroid strikes on earth, massive solar flares, and other natural phenomenon are low…And even if the chance of hostile alien life forms is even lower.
    As I view things, they exist, and unlike almost all other possible issues we may encounter, they have the potential to completely eliminate the human race.
    Thus we need self-sustaining colonies on or near other celestial bodies, or even just floating in space somewhere.

    Now, I know there are issues closer to home, like economic woes the world over for one.

    But none of that will matter for **** if the planet gets wiped out.


    Yeah, yeah, unlikely you say...
    Still possible though…


    Edit: Nonetheless I'm not at all sure that any current entity is capable of successfully accomplishing such a task.

    So whether funding NASA more is a good idea...I dunno.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    If the nearest habitable planet is only 20 light years away, we have no chance of getting there....
    If we could somehow attain light speed, we would probably have to destroy our own planet for enough fuel to go that fast...
    Various scientists and non-scientists are aware of and/or talk about the idea of a “generation ship”, or the like, which as I understand it basically involves a large enough ship and enough humans to procreate and thus keep the species alive on the way to this other solar system, even over the course of…several generations (as that’s what it would take to travel that far).

    Not saying this is even vaguely likely to occur at this point in time, or any time soon for that matter – but it is a “workaround” for the time and distance issues.
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    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...
    Even if it's only one in a billion, that is at least 100 such planets.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    Space bores me. There's a whole lot of world to see here, more than any will see in their lifetime. I don't really see the point in manipulating environments not meant for humans instead of improving the environment we have that is specifically suited for us and is far more beautiful and diverse than any other landscape out there.
    Because while unlikely, it is still possible for this intricate weave of life we have on this planet to be at worst totally wiped out, and at best irrevocably changed.

    Granted, it changes irrevocably on its own each and every day, and such is the natural order of things, but in this case I mean devastated on a massive scale, and only barely surviving.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    If the nearest habitable planet is only 20 light years away, we have no chance of getting there....
    If we could somehow attain light speed, we would probably have to destroy our own planet for enough fuel to go that fast...
    I'd say it would be more likely that we would blow our planet apart in the eureka moment that discovered the energy. Our best bet is probably to start shooting primordial soup probes at every conceivable target and just hope that one of them reached a safe haven long after we are gone so that life itself would continue without us.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    I'd say it would be more likely that we would blow our planet apart in the eureka moment that discovered the energy. Our best bet is probably to start shooting primordial soup probes at every conceivable target and just hope that one of them reached a safe haven long after we are gone so that life itself would continue without us.
    That is a bit reckless IMO.

    What if one of those primordial soup probes encounters a planet inhabited by a form of life its sensors cannot recognize, and the primordial soup is as the most virulent of biological weapons to their kind?

    We could start an interstellar war that is the cause of our demise millennia later…….actually it’s not that amusing…
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    That is a bit reckless IMO.

    What if one of those primordial soup probes encounters a planet inhabited by a form of life its sensors cannot recognize, and the primordial soup is as the most virulent of biological weapons to their kind?

    We could start an interstellar war that is the cause of our demise millennia later…….actually it’s not that amusing…
    If it weren't for the blankets we gave the Indians, manifest destiny may never have occurred. Of course, since I do have some native-american blood, I am conflicted about all that......fine, I guess we can throw in a few cans of Lysol in case there is intelligent life on the planet to at least give them a fighting chance.......

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





    This poll closes just after tax day in the US, just a coincidence?


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

    The entire running budget for NASA for the past 50 years, for the moon landings, the countless rovers, the space probes, the satellites, everything NASA has done, costs less than the 08 bailouts. Just to put the money into perspective.

    NASA, and space exploration should be a priority, because if we stop exploring, searching for the unknown, we will stagnate as a species.
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