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Old 04-04-2013, 01:55 AM   #21
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While terraforming is an extreme case, I think it's selfish not to continue exploring space and pushing the boundaries. Our generation is reaping the benefits of previous ones sacrifices (going back way before space was a possibility). We have a responsibility to future generations to keep the progress moving. It's an issue bigger than the priorities of the time
I think the spin off benefits of space exploration are over estimated. I like Tang and Velcro, but I think an orange flavored drink and shoe lace replacements for grandpa were not worth the expense.
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When you expect simply a material result, you will be disappointed.

Well, that is unless you start to consider space mining.
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:30 AM   #23
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not practical at all

people seem to think space is just the next frontier,
like habitable places on this planet that were not occupied

it would make more sense to try and live on the surface of this planet that are covered with water
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:32 AM   #24
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I think the spin off benefits of space exploration are over estimated. I like Tang and Velcro, but I think an orange flavored drink and shoe lace replacements for grandpa were not worth the expense.
Oh, I'm pretty sure you could rattle off a few more relevant examples if you tried
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Here's a bit of a list.

NASA spin-off technologies - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I used to have more enthusiasm for it. But I think I was influenced by all the sci-fi stuff I like. Lately, I have been asking myself, what is the point? Once humans leave this aquarium we live in called the earth's atmosphere, we would be like a fish living on land in a wet-suit filled with water. Why would a fish want to live like that? when it could live in the ocean in a care free life.
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I'm also pretty sure the expense is relatively insignificant. Put it this way, if NASA and its international brethren were shut down tomorrow, there wouldn't be any more bridges or wells getting built. There probably wouldn't even be a tax cut.
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Isn't Dennis Tito planning on sending two people on a "flyby" of Mars in 2018? Assuming they don't die en route, they would be the first humans to look upon another planet with their own eyes. That would be a pretty momentous moment for our species. The robotic explorers are doing sterling work out there no doubt, but I hope their success doesn't contribute to human missions being placed on the backburner indefinitely.
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Nice! So weird that as I see this topic, I'm writing my thesis proposal. On terraforming Mars
Hopefully the threat of DOOM happening for real was listed as a potential "negative".
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Great video of Mars. It seems Earthlike but naturally more barren and poisonous.

I wonder how people can think of terraforming Mars without a molten iron core that can protect the atmosphere?
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Human adaptation.
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This thread has been an interesting read. Thanks guys. Space exploration fascinates me, like most people I think, but I barely know anything about it.
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In a couple months time I'll revisit this thread if/when my thesis gets published and provide a link to a 40-50 page read for anyone willing...!
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This thread has been an interesting read. Thanks guys. Space exploration fascinates me, like most people I think, but I barely know anything about it.


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In a couple months time I'll revisit this thread if/when my thesis gets published and provide a link to a 40-50 page read for anyone willing...!
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So here I am about a year later. I just left a successful thesis defense. My paper is due for immediate dissemination pending a couple of revisions!
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