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RE: Neil Armstrong has died - 8/30/2012 5:16:28 AM   
Neilster


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I haven't posted on here in a long time but this topic is one that eats at me almost every month at some point. Some say to send a man to Mars isn't worth the effort or the money...well I beleive it is if not for any other reason than to bring the world together on something...to make us all look at the screen in amazement as we did in 69. The fact we couldn't land a man on the moon and back now to save our lives over 40 years later is depressing. What have we done since...it's sad. We used to be explorers...seekers of the unknown, but now we just sit on our hands and bicker with each other on who's religion is right and who has the better economy...bah, if Aliens came down and offered a ride I would gladly take it to get off this tired old rock. If not to take chances and strive to seek the unknown why bother existing. Whatever power or country that takes the lead in space will own this planet in time...maybe not right away but down the line. That hot ball of rock we call the sun won't be stable forever and even more short term one of these days a meteor will hit and we will be cursing the sky wondering why we never developed anything to get off it.

Maybe I'm a dreamer but it would be nice for the world to come together on something to take our minds off the hatred we seem to have for each other.


I'm not too worried about the Sun because it's got 5 billion years of fuel left before it goes nova but I agree that space colonisation should be humanity's global project. It would have multiple benefits, as you have described above, and would give our civilisation a second chance if anything disastrous happened to the Earth.

Apart from the money, a manned Mars mission isn't possible in the foreseeable future because of the risk of bio-contamination. Robots can be made very clean (although not completely) but humans are full of bacteria and a crash on the surface would spill them all over the place. This isn't my opinion. It's current NASA policy.

I'm very interested in the Planetary Resources asteroid mining proposal. There are some very heavy hitters with serious money behind this and the asteroids offer all the stuff we need. Some are energetically even easier to get to than the Moon.

http://www.planetaryresources.com/

Cheers, Neilster


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RE: Neil Armstrong has died - 8/31/2012 1:45:33 AM   
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I'm not too worried about the Sun because it's got 5 billion years of fuel left before it goes nova but I agree that space colonisation should be humanity's global project ...

I'm very interested in the Planetary Resources asteroid mining proposal. There are some very heavy hitters with serious money behind this and the asteroids offer all the stuff we need ...


... and which we will all be fighting over.

When we finally get into outer space, we will bring all our "baggage" with us.

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RE: Neil Armstrong has died - 8/31/2012 2:27:16 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Neilster

I'm not too worried about the Sun because it's got 5 billion years of fuel left before it goes nova but I agree that space colonisation should be humanity's global project ...

I'm very interested in the Planetary Resources asteroid mining proposal. There are some very heavy hitters with serious money behind this and the asteroids offer all the stuff we need ...


... and which we will all be fighting over.

When we finally get into outer space, we will bring all our "baggage" with us.



I knew that about he Sun but I don't think "Human" science is ever totally sure of anything. There is so much we don't know about the universe...for all we know we have "lemon" of a sun and it has a early ticker. We are wrong about so many things..but anyway yes my first worry would be the planet itself not the sun.

And Joe D., what can I say...it's thinking like that that has us where we are now. Someplace, sometime, people have to decide enough is enough. It's like that movie Wargames..tic tac toe...there is no real win for anyone. We need a Klaatu (the 50's version not Keanu Reeves.lol) to come down and set us straight

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RE: Neil Armstrong has died - 8/31/2012 12:31:29 PM   
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And Joe D., what can I say...it's thinking like that that has us where we are now. Someplace, sometime, people have to decide enough is enough ...


Like when we decided upon the Treaty of Versailles that settled once and for all the "war to end all wars," WW I?

What makes you think that putting people in space will make them think and act any differently than we do now?

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