View Poll Results: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

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  • Very, we should be sending men back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond

    48 68.57%
  • Somewhat, but we should stick to sending probes

    4 5.71%
  • Not very important now, maybe in the future

    11 15.71%
  • Not at all, it's a distraction and a waste of money

    10 14.29%
  • Space is boring.

    0 0%
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    That's why private industry is getting involved. Then both can piggy back each other. We can't just keep relying on satellites either. Already some have been put out of commission by solar flares. Or other malfunctions.
    Im not talking about satellites that are for space exploration. I'm talking about communication satellites. And I'm all for the private sector going to space.
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    [COLOR="#800000"]Mining resources off asteroids and water.....will help our economy. Colonizing the Moon should come before Mars. Having a grounded satellite would be prudent rather than those just flying around in orbit.
    Mining asteroids? LOL. Show me where that is producing anything besides trivial amounts of resources.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    the private sector going to space
    Where's the profit in that?

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    If we turn out backs now because it is hard and the returns are long-term, we may never get there at all.



    If humanity has a future as a technological and advancing species, it will belong ultimately to those who conquer space and master its resources and the advanced technologies to obtain same.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Im not talking about satellites that are for space exploration. I'm talking about communication satellites. And I'm all for the private sector going to space.

    Mining asteroids? LOL. Show me where that is producing anything besides trivial amounts of resources.
    Read back into the thread little. Already a company is talking about mining resources. They released in Jan of 2012. Also Water is the key issue. Which now they know asteroids have it. So that is a going to be major resource.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    how much iron can be potentially be mined out of an asteroid?
    Not nearly enough to justify the cost in insurance alone.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Read back into the thread little. Already a company is talking about mining resources. They released in Jan of 2012. Also Water is the key issue. Which now they know asteroids have it. So that is a going to be major resource.
    Excuse me if I'm skeptical of the benefit of spending millions of dollars to launch a shuttle in the air to get a glass of water or some iron. I definitely do not see the cost benefit of that.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Space is the future of our species, both on Earth and in the stars.

    One day our Sun will die, and if we don't learn how to travel to far off worlds and colonize then our species will be done for. This is also assuming that we don't destroy our planet or kill ourselves off before that day. Or some other catastrophic event doesn't happen as well; like an asteroid hitting us.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Im not talking about satellites that are for space exploration. I'm talking about communication satellites. And I'm all for the private sector going to space.

    Mining asteroids? LOL. Show me where that is producing anything besides trivial amounts of resources.
    I think he meant that there are private companies seeking to engage in asteroid mining. Planetary Resources is due to send out their first Arkyd satellites next year.

    Edit: There are others like Shackelton Energy, Lunar Express, etc. But Planetary Resources had an enormous amount of resources behind it and name recognition so its efforts are taken the most seriously.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    There's no reason to make shoes for children too poor to buy them. Well actually there is a good reason, but that's not Capitalism.
    False analogy. And simply wrong. 1: Making shoes is a hell of a lot cheaper than space exploration. 2: Making shoes for poor people will give a company a good image which in turn will increase their sales. So yeah, it is based on capitalism.
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