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  •  A manned flyby to the moon took about a week. (0+ / 0-)

    500 days just to pass by another planet? That's a totally different thing. And in this tiny ship, maybe even without a real life view, I think it would drive the astronauts insane to know to be confined in this little steel cell, on a very dangerous mission, without any reward or gratification from it, as they can't do about anything out there!

    If they get people to mars, and I would really like to see that, they should at least be able to experience it and actually do something out there.

    Just assemble a space ship big enough, or wait and sent unmanned probes, I'd say.

    "This isn't America" - Zenkai Girl

    by mythatsme on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 04:01:05 PM PST

    •  It has a window. (1+ / 0-)
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      And there's no reason they couldn't make it bigger for the BEO Dragon, as far as I know.

      If you don't think there would be any "reward or gratification" for it, why exactly do you think these people would volunteer to do it?  Frankly, qualified volunteers would be lined up a hundred deep for those two spots.

      Pour yourself into the future.

      by Troubadour on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 05:10:16 PM PST

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      •  The reward or gratification .... (1+ / 0-)
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        .... would be ta do anything out there. Or make anything else anyhow meaningfull besides being guinea pigs.

        But don't get me wrong, I do want people go to mars and beyond!

        It just should work.

        "This isn't America" - Zenkai Girl

        by mythatsme on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:16:46 PM PST

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        •  They'd be no more guinea pigs than the Mercury 7 (0+ / 0-)

          or the overwhelming majority of Gemini and Apollo astronauts who were not scientists.

          Pour yourself into the future.

          by Troubadour on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:19:43 PM PST

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          •  Yes, but that were a few days. (1+ / 0-)
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            Psychologically, much easier endurable than such a trip. I seriously think that if you are doing the great step from one planet to another, you should and, I think, can, skip this. Financing provided.

            I really like the idea and the enthusiasm of this project. I just think the craft is not sufficient.

            "This isn't America" - Zenkai Girl

            by mythatsme on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 07:27:52 PM PST

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