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I am pretty stingy when it comes to throwing away money (except on myself, of course), but I always thought the manned space program was cool enough to be worth whatever funding was put into it. I also think we lost a large part of our identity as a nation when it was canned.

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I miss it. I wish we would have kept our commitment to manned space exploration. I know, I know, why should we expolore space when there are homeless people here on earth? People starving. Whitey on the Moon and all that. But I think if we had kept moving foward we might have solved some problems, and learned some things, that would have advanced us as human beings. And maybe even helped solve some of our larger problems. It's also one of those things that I believe Gov't should be involved in because it's not really something that individuals can do on their own. I think it's a shame we haven't gone back to the moon at least.
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On this topic I'm in total agreement with both of you.
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The problem with the manned space program, is that Mars is about your outer limit until we either develop MUCH faster ships or find a way to put humans to sleep without aging them. The robotic ships we have been sending get great photos, but only limited "on the ground info".

On the other hand. Imagine yourself with two other people sharing a space the size of one very small room for six months. That is the trip to Mars. Would the three people end up killing each other on the way?
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On 2012-07-13 12:13, Cliffg37 wrote:
The problem with the manned space program, is that Mars is about your outer limit until we either develop MUCH faster ships or find a way to put humans to sleep without aging them. The robotic ships we have been sending get great photos, but only limited "on the ground info".

On the other hand. Imagine yourself with two other people sharing a space the size of one very small room for six months. That is the trip to Mars. Would the three people end up killing each other on the way?


That's true. It just seems like we've wasted a lot of time. Maybe if we had set new goals and continued to move foward we would developed those things or at least made some progress towards them. And now we seem to be moving even further away. We don't even have a Space Shuttle program anymore.
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I've been depressed about this until recently but with the advent Of Bransons Virgin Galactic my optimism has been rekindled.

As soon as commercial enterprises sniff a bit of dosh you can be sure that the race will be on for moon bases etc etc.

The reality is that , if we don't have an escape valve for this planet its either back to the stone age or annihilation when we finally mess up our environment beyond repair.

Thank God for Commercial Enterprise. (And Andy Griffith who did it first :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mR-gz9EFO8
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No. Things on terra firma are in total disarray.
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I'm with Bob as far as being on both sides. It was important for certain reasons in it's day, but it got to the point of diminishing returns years ago.
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On 2012-07-13 16:53, Old Scratch Johnson wrote:
I'm with Bob as far as being on both sides. It was important for certain reasons in it's day, but it got to the point of diminishing returns years ago.


OK, I think you mis-read Bob. Again. funny
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When I was in 3rd/4th/5th grade (in the sixties) I remember them wheeling a TV into our classroom to watch some of the Apollo launches. It was quite exciting! Also, we got a high from the smell of our dittoed schoolwork papers.


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The race to space was important for political reasons in the cold war.
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On 2012-07-13 18:05, Old Scratch Johnson wrote:
The race to space was important for political reasons in the cold war.


Yes. But it also jump started the technological advances that have resulted in us being able to communicate on this forum. And lots of other stuff that we wouldn't have if it weren't for the "race to space."
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My very first memory is Armstrong landing on the moon - a huge event for me. It dominated my life for two decades. I took a degree in physics and applied for astronaut training (unsuccessfully, I might add!).

I find it depressing that my children are growing up in a world where we can no longer send a man to the moon. Some of the magic has seeped out of the world. It is now nearly forty years since we sent a man there. We did it without computers, internet, or any of the advantages we have now.

In a nutshell, the world has lost its balls. Hang the expense - we need to get back out there.
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Appreciate and agree with your sentiments Tony. But we DID have computers at NASA. Nothing like today, of course, but computers nonetheless. To a large extent it was the demands of the space program that sped the development of the computers we have today.
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14 zillion dollars in debt, and you folks want to write a blank check for stupid sentimental reasons. Oh my God am I here all alone?
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Al- that's the same argument that was made against the space program from its very beginning.

In 1924 George Mallory answered basically the same question when asked why he climbed Mt. Everest.

His famous three word response- "Because it's there."

Exploration has always been in the blood of man and it always will be as long as there are frontiers yet to be discovered and challenges yet to be met.

If you'd like a more practical list of reasons for the exploration of space, just do a Google search on "practical discoveries space program"
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"Stupid, sentimental reasons"?!?!?! Just about every single major piece of technology in the world today came directly or indirectly from the space program, as did a huge number of medical advancements.
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On 2012-07-13 18:05, Old Scratch Johnson wrote:
The race to space was important for political reasons in the cold war.


Yes. But it also jump started the technological advances that have resulted in us being able to communicate on this forum. And lots of other stuff that we wouldn't have if it weren't for the "race to space."


That's very true, and that's why it was a good thing, but it got less valuable to us as time went on.
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