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02-15-2011 01:48 PM  6 years agoPost 1
dukes-my-dog

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4153470...d_science-space

i think we must go to mars (by any means) and more what about you ?

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02-15-2011 04:07 PM  6 years agoPost 2
PsychoZ

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Waste of time and money, we should concentrate on saving our own planet before we try and destroy another. Heck we have already left trash on the moon.

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02-15-2011 05:20 PM  6 years agoPost 3
wifeorheli

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Couldnt tell ya space is very important but so is this planet. Nasa is not goverment ran if im correct but probaly goverment funded. I dont know why go there mars is unlivable. I also think we need to find a way to get off of fossil fuels should be number one.

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02-15-2011 05:46 PM  6 years agoPost 4
dschertz

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I'm sure there are much more important things to due with the money like pay off America's debt, there's a thought.

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02-15-2011 06:24 PM  6 years agoPost 5
dukes-my-dog

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when the next big extinction comes around man kind will be glad there were forward thinking people who are living in more places then just one little rock in space .

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02-15-2011 06:26 PM  6 years agoPost 6
dukes-my-dog

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and one of the things of the articular is that private money would be used to send people out into space not tax money

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02-15-2011 07:23 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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Yes, we should go to Mars. I only glanced over the article, but I think the general idea to make Mars a competitive market is pretty interesting. And if it gets us there, great. It will be regulated so I'm not worried about over mining or microbial infestation.

I'm actually an aerospace engineer on the program that was proposed to go to Mars (but got it's budget cut by the current administration). The comment "we should solve our own problems on Earth" is always said and it bugs me. I feel there's room to do both, but we need engineers.

Space programs help keep our current talent pool of engineers and also engage and inspire our young engineers.

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02-15-2011 08:07 PM  6 years agoPost 8
SuperSixTwo

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Maybe Pres O could fund the Mars high speed rail system to get things going.

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02-15-2011 08:40 PM  6 years agoPost 9
tdo

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Wouldn't be my money,
since I'm an alien from Europe (in either some or the other way still paying those companies like Microsoft or others mentioned in the article) but, what if:
Those 160 billion (and typically those budgets double at least over time) were put into a program on earth, in the U.S., to replace traditional energy sources -mainly oil- by solar energy, wind, tidal forces, accelerate the development and bring-out of electric cars?
You wouldn't have to import crude from somewhere in the world any longer, you could develop, build and sell the technology, creating high-tech jobs BTW, no need to think about oil spills like in the gulf last year..

Just some thoughts, obviously.

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02-15-2011 10:25 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Gearhead

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""there are much more important things to due with the money like pay off America's debt""

I agree !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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02-16-2011 12:26 AM  6 years agoPost 11
Spitfire1

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In a few months America will no longer even have the ability to put men in space anymore, if anyone goes to Mars it will have to be China.

Hopefuly when China lands on the moon the American public will become more enthusiastic about space exploration again, as was the case when Russia put a man into orbit.

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02-16-2011 01:49 AM  6 years agoPost 12
jakehorky

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In a few months America will no longer even have the ability to put men in space anymore, if anyone goes to Mars it will have to be China.

Hopefuly when China lands on the moon the American public will become more enthusiastic about space exploration again, as was the case when Russia put a man into orbit.
Agreed... but according to most people here that wouldn't be a big deal

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02-16-2011 02:18 AM  6 years agoPost 13
Spitfire1

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I think you would be surprised how many Americans who say space exploration is a waste of money would change there tune all of a sudden if China landed a man on the moon.

As much as Im a big fan of the space shuttle program I dont think its done a very good job of makeing the average guy in the street exited about space travel, average joe is not interested scientists and proffesors performing experiments on insects in zero gravity.

I bet they have spent more money sending scientists on a once in a lifetime joy ride each 2 or 3 months than they would have done going to Mars or the Moon.

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02-16-2011 07:03 AM  6 years agoPost 14
JasonJ

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Yeah, space exploration and the technological advances that trickle down to daily life are a waste. A much better use of money is paying basketball players millions per year. Yep. Much better use of money. Space exploration will be strong once it goes private sector. Get that last bit of government out of it and things will be fine. Maybe we should get rid of the military as well. Huge waste of money and we never get any technological trickle down from that either...

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02-16-2011 07:35 AM  6 years agoPost 15
aceisback

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I'm sure there are much more important things to due with the money like pay off America's debt, there's a thought.
What debt??? That is all political BS on paper just to make up an excuse to tax us more. It will never be paid off. As a matter of fact, we will probably have space stations on and around mars before the so-called debt is paid off.

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02-16-2011 07:40 AM  6 years agoPost 16
Heliguychris

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Can you own Mars?
As to land and other rights, "There's going to have to be an international organization deciding what you can or can't do on Mars," Levine said. "I don't think we can say we can divide up Mars and sell it."
Just what everyone needs, another thinktank long on wind, and short on conclusions lol

^This is incorrect. Vacant Possesion laws would have the rights of ownership of it, on anyone that can inhabit it.

The first Nation/Entity to occupy it, will claim it as its own.

It would be the onus of the occupier to establish municipalities and defense arrangements, from what we humans do from time to time, invade each other and steal each others sh!t.

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02-16-2011 07:40 AM  6 years agoPost 17
Sean Williams

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Those 160 billion (and typically those budgets double at least over time) were put into a program on earth, in the U.S., to replace traditional energy sources -mainly oil- by solar energy, wind, tidal forces, accelerate the development and bring-out of electric cars?
Anyone who believes wind, solar, or any of those "green" alternatives can feasibly solve our energy woes is living in a fantasy land. The fact is the future will be powered by nuclear, for today fission and tomorrow fusion.

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02-16-2011 09:54 AM  6 years agoPost 18
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Mars is going to be hard, any solar particle event is going to be very hazardous to the crew, especially if the missions are going to be in excess of 9 months. The Apollo missions were lucky due to no events during the flights. Plus Mars is lacking in a substantial magnetosphere, staying there will be a constant battle to stay alive.
Build a moon base first, that makes more sense.

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