View Poll Results: What's next for the United States?

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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 Ikari View Post
    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.
    what was the point of going to the moon?
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    There was a whole host of reasons for going to the Moon, and only a slight number of them were strictly scientific. And they were ALL great reasons, many of which are still great reasons today.

    People who get caught up in the idea that it MUST serve some kind of scientific purpose or there's no reason to go drive me nuts. The achievement itself is a worthy human goal, with potential benefits that we can't even imagine yet. Worry about applications later. There is no question the bounty of developments will give us things we've never even thought about.

    The "what good will it serve? We've got other fish to fry, and besides, we can do this, this, and this already" mentality is the same one which has held back progress throughout history.

    Looking at things "rationally," there was no reason for man to fly; transportation was well-covered. There was no reason for Lindbergh to fly to Europe; trans-Atlantic travel was fully-perfected.

    There was no reason for the automobile. There was no "real reason" for a lot of things we have today, but thankfully, people did them anyway.

    The "wait, wait, wait" mentality isn't very imaginative and will get us nowhere. It's a bean-counter approach preferred by mousy guys in sweater vests. Might be "practical," but it's stifling. And boring. And stagnating.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    what was the point of going to the moon?
    To beat the soviets to it

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Kennedy understood -- "we choose to go to the Moon and do these other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard." Yeah, there was definitely a Cold War motivation going on, but he understood that a great nation and a great people need to achieve -- VISIBLY -- great things.

    Woo-hoo! A robot lands on Mars. How 1976.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    what was the point of going to the moon?
    Defeat communism. There's nothing up there, I don't really see any benefit to setting up anything really on the moon now.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Defeat communism. There's nothing up there, I don't really see any benefit to setting up anything really on the moon now.
    It was symbolic, to show our technological superiority over the Soviets.

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Those reasons are still valid now.

    The Chinese built a lovely Olympic complex? Ha! Look up! Americans are looking back at you from the Moon. Or Mars.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    I say we should go back to the moon, we should explore Mars, and anywhere else modern and future physics will take us. Man has always had exploration in his blood, and to stick our head in the sand now is to deny nature.

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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    When you're always looking for reasons to wait, nothing ever happens.
    There's no hurry to rush to space now. We have centuries or millennia to do so. Why do we need to go to Mars right now, when A) we have plenty of issues here on earth where the money could be spent to help people, and B) the technology is unbelievably expensive.

    In a few decades, (B) will almost certainly not be an issue. And (A) will be a much smaller issue.
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    Re: Space Goals For America: What Next?

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    what was the point of going to the moon?
    To stick it to the Russians, and nothing else.
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