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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]

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
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    I mean they might counterattack.

    FFS we shouldn't launch what might be WMD's to some unknown life form randomly into the void.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Personally I think that the whole world (ie all countries) should co-operate and help with space exploration. Not just to help defray the costs but because such cooperation would help humanity in itself. Who knows, it might even bring about understanding and peace.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    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.
    I'm pretty sure it would be far easier to adapt to a changing Earth biosphere than to travel en masse and adapt to a foreign planets biosphere (or more likely have to create one from scratch).

    There may be a time when space exploration is a pressing concern - but there are plenty of resources still to extract on Earth, plenty of ways to develop a more efficient relationship with the Earth and really big oceans where we know new species exist that we have not yet encountered.

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

    Space is the final frontier. It holds the promise that, one day, we will no longer worry about our species ending with the death of Earth. To look up to the heavens is to know unlimited potential.... boundless promise. The resources that could be taken, the lands that could be discovered, and the adventures that may unfold... Truly, it is assurance of our survival.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben K. View Post
    I'm pretty sure it would be far easier to adapt to a changing Earth biosphere than to travel en masse and adapt to a foreign planets biosphere (or more likely have to create one from scratch).

    There may be a time when space exploration is a pressing concern - but there are plenty of resources still to extract on Earth, plenty of ways to develop a more efficient relationship with the Earth and really big oceans where we know new species exist that we have not yet encountered.
    Eventually we will wear out this ole' Earth. Fossil fuels will eventually go the way of the dodo on this planet. It is better to prepare now than to wait until we no longer have the resources to spread out into space. If we wait that long then it will be assured that we will become extinct far faster than we would if we spread out into space.
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    re: Space programs and their support among the population [W:91]

    I think the Human species thrives on challenges, the bigger the better.
    In striving to overcome the obstacles ahead, we learn the answers to questions,
    we don't know we need to ask.
    The actual destination is not as important as the journey.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Eventually we will wear out this ole' Earth. Fossil fuels will eventually go the way of the dodo on this planet. It is better to prepare now than to wait until we no longer have the resources to spread out into space. If we wait that long then it will be assured that we will become extinct far faster than we would if we spread out into space.
    I have more faith in the idea of renewable energy and more and more efficient usage of fossils than at least 8 billion pilgrims feasibly setting up space colonies and actually finding their existence meaningful out there.

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

    This is Neil deGrasse Tyson in front of the Senate in 2012.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    This is Neil deGrasse Tyson in front of the Senate in 2012.

    Wow. I'd give this twenty Likes if I could. I hope DeGrasse-Tyson got through to them.
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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...
    Carl Sagan in his book COSMOS estimated that the odd of intelligent life out in the COSMOS based on the possiblities of planets existing that could support it were 1x10 to the 9th
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