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 aberrant85 View Post
    How realistic is a space program in the age of sequestration?
    Very if we monetized it, and used it to capitalize on bringing in resources.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    So the ISS has revealed a lot of interesting things, the foremost of this is how bad humans do in space. If you spend over 6months in space your body is prone to all manner of disasters, including going blind because of the way fluids in your eyes behave. And there is no way to fix this without artificial gravity. Sure, there are proposals for AG but no working model.

    A manned mission to Mars will take at least 2 years. That's 4x more than the recommended stay in space. Unless we find a way to counter this (hint hint ,artificial gravity) there is no such thing as interplanetary travel, let alone interstellar travel.

    thankfully, we don't have to send people yet. We can send probes and robots. Robots don't need to have AI, just very good software and the ability to be manually controlled. Like curiosity is, but you know, specialized for certain tasks.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    Holy rockets!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    How realistic is a space program in the age of sequestration?
    Even before Obama's sequestration there is no government manned spacecraft in the pipeline.

    In fact Obama has told Congress that he wants depend on Russia for putting Americans into space. Putin has no problem with American greenbacks. It just means less greenbacks in America's economy and more in Russia's economy.

    There is the American private sector who have manned spacecraft in the pipeline.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    thankfully, we don't have to send people yet. We can send probes and robots. Robots don't need to have AI, just very good software and the ability to be manually controlled. Like curiosity is, but you know, specialized for certain tasks.
    Or a combination of the two. Send frozen sperm and estrogen within an artificial womb properly concealed to withstand the entry shock to another planet. When the rocket reaches the desired planet the pre-programed or if possible manually controlled robots would nanny (and protect) the first generation of humans there.

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    Holy rockets!
    Best kind working way before the concept was even designed. The west owes a lot to us Muslims! Stealing our design of how a rocket should look like too!
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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)

    Russians unveil space hotel



    Course only around 1 mil for a 5 day stay.

    Oh.....that's US dolla.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by TiredOfLife View Post
    In the reviews I liked this part:

    "Nyx's bitter nature and morbid outlook soured the experience for me. She just isn't at all enjoyable to read about. Her thoughts revolve around death and pain and getting drunk, and that's most of what she experiences."
    You can choose the good reviews or the bad reviews of any book. Or you can read it.

    Where a matriarchal society founded on Muslim religion enforces its laws through bounty hunters, and an ongoing holy war claims the lives of the men.
    Has something to do with the point I was making to the other poster.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Even before Obama's sequestration there is no government manned spacecraft in the pipeline.

    In fact Obama has told Congress that he wants depend on Russia for putting Americans into space. Putin has no problem with American greenbacks. It just means less greenbacks in America's economy and more in Russia's economy.

    There is the American private sector who have manned spacecraft in the pipeline.
    Isn't the private sector always better than the government?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MMC View Post
    Russians unveil space hotel



    Course only around 1 mil for a 5 day stay.

    Oh.....that's US dolla.
    If I had $1M to spare I would totally do it. That news woman in the vid is a real b****, mocking the station for not having four-star dining. HOW ABOUT THE ACTUAL F***ING STARS???

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

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    There is the American private sector who have manned spacecraft in the pipeline.
    And that's where space flight will gain true legitimacy. The government just wants good PR, and rocks to put in a museum. The private sector will want results and profit, and that's how we move forward. Keeping it government only will only perpetuate the state of stagnation our space program has faced since the 70's.
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