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  •  do you think you'll have a seat on their lifeboat? (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not so deluded as to think they're going to let me go to space, much less give me a seat on the ark, so I honestly could care less if anyone goes to space.  In and of itself, space isn't wrong, just irrelevant.  I'm far more interested in dealing with the brewing (and surprisingly literal) shitstorm here on Earth that I'm going to have to live through no matter how much "epic" the Heinleinian supermen are having up in space.

    To the extent that space will interfere with dealing with the terrestrial shitstorm, I am definitely opposed to it.  And no, escape for a handful of rich people and/or breeding stock is not "dealing with it".

    •  Am going to repost my response to Happy Ones (1+ / 0-)
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      1)  I would argue that space development and space settlement can go hand in hand with helping the planet.  Its not an escape hatch, but rather, its a place where certain activities that really shouldn't take place on earth are more conducive.  

      Added to that, is the point that, at the end of the day, I don't believe our "world" should be limited to a single planet.  We should be able to develop space, and settle space, and still keep the planet in good shape (or rather, return it to good shape).  

      2)  Technically, we live in a containerized environment, even now (its just a very big container).

      So, done properly and responsibly (and I admit that asks a lot of us as a species) space development isn't about leaving one house you've trashed to move into another.  Rather, its about adding on new sections to your original small house

      In short - no, space is NOT irrelevant.  We already know that it won't be.  

    •  Climate science started with probe to Venus (2+ / 0-)
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      Happy Ones, JBNathan85

      According to Neil deGrasse Tyson our probe discovered a phenomenon in its atmosphere now called the runaway green house effect. Once aware of it and of carbon dioxide being a primary driver we started looking at our own atmosphere and effects of carbon dioxide. Without NASA we might be decades behind realizing the global warming we are encountering. Space exploration may help us dodge a bullet which we might have never seen coming otherwise.

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