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  •  About me... (2+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour, Khun David

    "As an individual object, it's way too highly inclined and eccentric to be particularly attractive."

    People probably say that about me...

    On a more serious note, manned exploration of any other planet is a very distant prospect politically, due to NASA cutbacks, relatively little public interest, and the inherent dangers (as seen in the destruction of two space shuttles).  I don't say this because I like it that way; in fact, I'm very much in favor of manned space exploration.  People around here (including me) really disliked George W. Bush, but one of the few things I liked about him was his advocacy of a manned Mars mission, even when the idea was derided all over the political spectrum.  I also dislike the tendency some liberals have to insist that space programs are an extravagance, and should be cut in the name of more terrestrial human needs (is that really an either/or proposition)?  

    "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

    by lungfish on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 05:59:53 AM PDT

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    •  Don't worry. I track space developments (2+ / 0-)
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      Khun David, lungfish

      and I can tell you that Good Things are in store this decade.  Very Good Things.  And that's not just me being optimistic.

      Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

      by Troubadour on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:56:53 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I hope you're right and I'm wrong. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

        by lungfish on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 11:42:18 AM PDT

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        •  A lot of great stuff has already happened. (2+ / 0-)
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          SpaceX has reduced the cost to orbit by like 75%, and they'll be launching a new version of their rocket in June that does even better and will be the most advanced rocket ever launched (though not the most powerful).  They'll also be unveiling Dragon 2 this year - the spacecraft that will be able to land itself back on Earth under power or, not too much later, land on the Moon or Mars.  It's supposedly drastically different from the current Dragon.  Elon Musk has described it as looking like an "alien spacecraft."

          Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

          by Troubadour on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 12:24:59 PM PDT

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