Only the continuation of the research
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Last edited by Tucker Case; 06-18-09 at 01:30 PM.
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I voted for "Only the continuation of research" for now. Space travel will one day become very promising...but right now, the costs are just too prohibitive, the distances too large, the risks too high, and the rewards too low.
Right now, there is nothing that can be learned from humans exploring other worlds that can't be achieved more safely, easily, and cheaply by robots exploring the worlds instead.
Space travel at the present time is hopelessly impractical. Now don't get me wrong...I don't have a problem with a few baby steps like the ISS...but if we're talking about actual travel to other worlds, the answer is no. That money would be much better spent here on earth.
When we have nuclear fusion, a space elevator, and mature nanotechnology...then we'll talk.
Last edited by Kandahar; 06-18-09 at 03:26 PM.
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I support looking for Space based resources.
I support weaponizing space
I support Space based survellience.
Everything else is useless.
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NASA takes credit for a lot of things that already existed, or were under development, or would have been developed anyway.
The Space Program keeps a lot of scientists and engineers very busy, not to mention more than a few thousand PR types. They keep a lot of public relations and marketing geeks busy blowing the NASA horns.
People who believe the propaganda coming out of NASA deserve to pay higher and higher taxes to get almost nothing back, dollar wise.....
If the return is more than a dime on a dollar, I would be surprised...
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Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
They were both obviously royalists, and from the same family, more or less.
This would be similar to comparing John Kennedy to the current crop of Democrat elected officials.
You should also know that the only thing that will ever end the usefulness of a Doomsday clock, is Doomsday itself. Man will always be a war making creature.
As for Fermi's Paradox, the lesson it teaches is to accept that we are alone in the Universe.
But to assuage your sadness, here is a L.G.M. for you:
Quod scripsi, scripsi
Satillites and things of that nature are completely separate from the title of this thread which was about space travel in and of itself. That is not practical, nor at this time can the US alone develop means for long ranged, human space travel. Again, I think people get caught up in how "cool" something would be without thinking of the practicalities of the problem. And then in the zeal for cool, you end up doing more harm than good. As stated before, I wouldn't get rid of NASA completely, I think manned space flight is fantasy at this point and the money and resourced necessary to develop it are better spent on other scientific research.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I fully support the exploration, exploitation, and colonization of space and other planets and moons.
Having said that, I think we're going about it a bit bass-ackward. Priority One needs to be a better (safer, cheaper, more robust) means of getting to and from orbit with people and payloads. I'm still intrested in the Scramjet concept, and wonder why the Delta Clipper never seemed to generate much intrest.
Once we've done that, then we need to fully develop one or two of the high-efficiency deep-space propulsion systems we've looked at but not developed: ion drives, arc drives, solar sails, mass-drivers, etc.
If we absolutely had to, I'd be willing to suspend nonessential space activities for 20 years to put the money into basic research on these two items, THEN we could go about the business of mastering space with far greater effectiveness, IMO.
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For mining the moon, we could hard-land those twelve tons on the moon, assuming we designed the cargo pod for that, call it a three-g touch down or so. Easy and cheap. This cargo would include a solar operated bull dozer, a pay loader, gear like that, each remotely operable from the comfort of an earthly air conditioned office building. With a three second communications lag, remotely strip mining the lunar soil for exotic isotopes such as He3 is feasible and, assuming the utility of He3 in successful fusion plant works out as predicted, it becomes a commercially viable commodity.
Other places are too remote for effective remote operation of vehicles more complex than little roving samplers, and men will have to be moved to the job.
Asteroids are small enough that many can be moved here, then stripped of valuables.