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  •  Hey Mark (1+ / 0-)
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    Uthaclena

    I do feel you are overly pessimistic when it comes to space development.  

    I am curious, and would be interested in your thoughts as to why you think space development remains a long way off.

    •  Good memory Ferris! (1+ / 0-)
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      kurt

      At the Netroots convention I think I said a thousand years. This is just a ballpark number, of course, but it still sounds right to me--maybe even low. What I was talking about in Austin, I think, was actual colonization: regular people living out their lives. "Space development" is a different thing, but I still think anything significant will take most of a century.

      All just opinions on my part, of course. I am reminded of a remark by Wally Schirra that I used as an epigraph to my book, "I left Earth three times, and found no other place to go. Please take care of Spaceship Earth."

      Space is a damn inhospitable place--and it's awful big.

      Great to have your comments.

      •  Not how long, but why that long? NT (0+ / 0-)

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        •  Just a hunch. (1+ / 0-)
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          kurt

          Again, space is awfully inhospitable and awfully big. Should we (and by that I mean the human species, not the U.S. specifically) expand our reach into low Earth orbit and even onto the Moon? Absolutely. I'm just guessing that actual human migration is very far off. This is also a good reason to focus on Earth for the time being. For all intents and purposes, it really is all we've got.

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