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
    Russians unveil space hotel



    Course only around 1 mil for a 5 day stay.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryOldGuy View Post
    hah Your Star imagine how much we will have evolved by then?
    current humans will seem like heck I can't even imagine it
    Not matter how much we have evolved, if we still exist, having our planet burn up from the Sun would be a fatal to the species. We've got time, lots of it, but we need to start advancing our space program now.

    Who knows what we will find out there?
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by aberrant85 View Post
    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???
    Well think about it for a minute .....1 mil. No alcohol, smoking, weed either. No showers, no sex.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Not matter how much we have evolved, if we still exist, having our planet burn up from the Sun would be a fatal to the species. We've got time, lots of it, but we need to start advancing our space program now.

    Who knows what we will find out there?
    We have about 2 bil years. Chill. The problem isn't time, it's sorting things out stuff on the planet.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    We have about 2 bil years. Chill. The problem isn't time, it's sorting things out stuff on the planet.
    It might take a good chunk of that time to be able to unlock the secrets of long distance interstellar travel. Especially to the point where colonizing another world outside our solar system would be feasible.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Not matter how much we have evolved, if we still exist, having our planet burn up from the Sun would be a fatal to the species. We've got time, lots of it, but we need to start advancing our space program now.
    I don't think that will happen anytime soon.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    It might take a good chunk of that time to be able to unlock the secrets of long distance interstellar travel. Especially to the point where colonizing another world outside our solar system would be feasible.
    I don't think we need 2 billion years worth of time to figure it out.

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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?
    Asteroid-Mining Project Aims for Deep-Space Colonies


    An artist's concept of a wheel habitat under construction at an asteroid, a vision of space settlement by the asteroid-mining company Deep Space Industries.

    A new asteroid-mining company launched Tuesday with the goal of helping humanity expand across the solar system by tapping the vast riches of space rocks.

    The new firm, called Deep Space Industries, Inc., announced today (Jan. 22) that it plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft in 2015, then begin harvesting metals and water from near-Earth asteroids within a decade or so. Such work could make it possible to build and refuel spacecraft far above our planet's surface, thus helping our species get a foothold in the final frontier.....snip~

    New Asteroid-Mining Company Aims to Spur Space Settlement | Space.com

    According to these guys using resources harvested in space is the only way to afford permanent space development.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Henrin View Post
    I don't think that will happen anytime soon.
    That is the last possible thing that could kill us off on Earth. There are lots of ways it could happen much sooner, an asteroid, horrible disease, nuclear war, etc. To survive as a species we need to take care of our planet, but also expand out into the stars.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    That is the last possible thing that could kill us off on Earth. There are lots of ways it could happen much sooner, an asteroid, horrible disease, nuclear war, etc. To survive as a species we need to take care of our planet, but also expand out into the stars.
    Yeah, whatever.

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