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 Surtr View Post
    The only real benefit is the reapplication of technology developed by the space program. Exploration in and of itself is ultimately unimportant.
    Well we nailed food in a pouch, Tang, and adult diapers. What can get for the under 65 crowd?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    without hope for a better tomorrow what else is there
    Reality, then death, then peace and quiet.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    reach for the stars?

    build space colonies?

    colinize mars?
    the stars are out of our reach

    there is no atmosphere on Mars
    nor is there a magnetic field to keep the radiation form space from frying you

    a self sufficient 'space colony' is far outside our current technological grasp

    sorry the romanticism of space is over

    TOL's killer asteroid could end us but that's not going to happen until the year
    3962 and long before that we will have colonized many other worlds and developed
    the technology to tractor beam the rock off course and save the planet so he'll be disappointed (yet again)

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    Reality, then death, then peace and quiet.
    I am not willing to consign myself to the grave or succumb to despair just yet.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    the stars are out of our reach

    there is no atmosphere on Mars
    nor is there a magnetic field to keep the radiation form space from frying you

    a self sufficient 'space colony' is far outside our current technological grasp

    sorry the romanticism of space is over

    TOL's killer asteroid could end us but that's not going to happen until the year
    3962 and long before that we will have colonized many other worlds and developed
    the technology to tractor beam the rock off course and save the planet so he'll be disappointed (yet again)
    Story of my life.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    I am not willing to consign myself to the grave or succumb to despair just yet.
    Few are.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    Well we nailed food in a pouch, Tang, and adult diapers. What can get for the under 65 crowd?
    Industrial polymers and alloys, renewable energy sources, advanced military weapon systems, advancement in aerodynamic design and engineering, etc.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    You know in the movies where they have to save the Earth from a killer asteroid? I always root for the asteroid.
    Because you're tired of life?

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    I believe it's extremely important.

    NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world.

    Though international diplomacy would seem well outside NASA's orbit, Bolden said in an interview with Al Jazeera that strengthening those ties was among the top tasks President Obama assigned him. He said better interaction with the Muslim world would ultimately advance space travel.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    Industrial polymers and alloys, renewable energy sources, advanced military weapon systems, advancement in aerodynamic design and engineering, etc.
    This is modern America. It's probably too much to ask for better Tang and diapers.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    the stars are out of our reach

    there is no atmosphere on Mars
    nor is there a magnetic field to keep the radiation form space from frying you

    a self sufficient 'space colony' is far outside our current technological grasp

    sorry the romanticism of space is over

    TOL's killer asteroid could end us but that's not going to happen until the year
    3962 and long before that we will have colonized many other worlds and developed
    the technology to tractor beam the rock off course and save the planet so he'll be disappointed (yet again)
    to colonize space we may have to overcome greater things then just technological handicaps.

    we could colonize space, if we first put aside differences and unite behind a global space program.

    i believe that conquering space is something that one nation can not do alone, but the combined wealth and scientific research of every nation working in unison can bring about the progress needed to conquer space

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