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  •  NASA should be part of this (none)
    even aside from the fact that they're very good at doing scientific research and advancing technology.

    Defund the Mars program, put the money into a proof-of-concept Solar Power Satellite technology demonstrator. For those of you who are unaware of this, this uses solar cell arrays on a satellite or satellite network to gather solar power and beam it back to earth in microwave form. Clean power which can be distributed in a decentralized manner, and weather becomes a non-issue, this power will be available 24/7/365.

    The other area where NASA can do some good in the energy picture is... find out if there's really He3 in commercial quantities on the Moon. (He3 is an isotope of helium that it should be easy to extract the energy from via fusion)

    Mars will still be there in a decade or a generation, and if a Space Power Satellite system and/or lunar mining for He3 proves feasible, the infrastructure requirements for either or both will make it far easier to do science and technology projects in space than it has ever been before; if a university wants to send a researcher into space, it'll be a matter of arranging lab and housing at various facilities, not trying to figure out how to get the researcher into the ISS.

    Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

    by alizard on Tue Dec 13, 2005 at 06:12:11 PM PST

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