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  • More rigorous and extensive manned exploration of moon.

    20 52.63%
  • Permanent lunar colonies

    17 44.74%
  • Construction of "O'Neill" habitats.

    6 15.79%
  • Mars exploration with goal of colonization.

    21 55.26%
  • Asteroidal/comet exploitation?

    11 28.95%
  • Other

    10 26.32%
  • Nothing. Abandon space to the robots.

    7 18.42%
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Thread: Space Goals For America: What Next?

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Let's go to Mars!!!
    Here's the hard question:

    why?

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Here's the hard question:

    why?
    Not hard for me. Why not?!?! Exploring is what Americans do, and we never know what may be found or the benfits that may arrive with it unless we go. But hey, I am a scientist (Microbiologist), I am always ready to see what is over the horizon.

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Not hard for me. Why not?!?! Exploring is what Americans do, and we never know what may be found or the benfits that may arrive with it unless we go. But hey, I am a scientist (Microbiologist), I am always ready to see what is over the horizon.
    Good enough for me. IMO the moon is a necessary first step, I don't disagree with the ultimate goal.

    Here's another question:

    Do you foresee lawsuits from various "environmental" groups seeking to ban direct human and mechanical exploration of Mars, in the courts and legislatively, if actual Martian micro-organisms are found (let alone anything more complex)?

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Here's the hard question:

    why?
    Because it's there.

    Likely, the chances of a trek to mars would rise if there were much cheaper ways of travel to it.

    Because governments usually need a better reason then "Because it's there".
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Good enough for me. IMO the moon is a necessary first step, I don't disagree with the ultimate goal.

    Here's another question:

    Do you foresee lawsuits from various "environmental" groups seeking to ban direct human and mechanical exploration of Mars, in the courts and legislatively, if actual Martian micro-organisms are found (let alone anything more complex)?
    Only after years of studying the organisms and if our presence causes the organisms to begin to dwindle, hopefully they will remain busy here with these animals and organisms.

    Maybe there is some new energy source there. Or perhaps oil reserves from previous lifeforms on the planet. The possibilities are limitless!

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    EVERYTHING! Lol.

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Not hard for me. Why not?!?! Exploring is what Americans do, and we never know what may be found or the benfits that may arrive with it unless we go. But hey, I am a scientist (Microbiologist), I am always ready to see what is over the horizon.
    I'm a physicist, and I wouldn't support currently an attempt at a manned mission to Mars. There's no reason for it now, and there's a lot more science to do here. Plus, there's relatively no point right now. Robots can do it for us for the time being.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    There is nothing that human astronauts can do on other worlds, which robots can't do more efficiently, cheaply, easily, and safely.
    Sure they can. They can inspire. They can say "today, a human being has set foot on another world." They can open up a sense of wonder, adventure, and enterprise that no robot will ever do.

    If you think that's unimportant, than that's a pity.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Sure they can. They can inspire. They can say "today, a human being has set foot on another world." They can open up a sense of wonder, adventure, and enterprise that no robot will ever do.

    If you think that's unimportant, than that's a pity.
    Sure, that's important. But it's not worth a trillion dollars, and there's no reason it has to be done NOW. Let's talk about it in 25-30 years when we're actually able to do it without spending a fortune.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Sure, that's important. But it's not worth a trillion dollars, and there's no reason it has to be done NOW. Let's talk about it in 25-30 years when we're actually able to do it without spending a fortune.
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