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    Miss Blue, FerrisValyn

    to answer questions.

    Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, I question whether sending people into space as opposed to robots is the most efficient use of limited resources.  

    Don't get me wrong, I personally would love to see every blue-sky project get fully funded, and think the current budgetary allocation is short-sighted and frankly embarrassing for a country that prides itself on its technological prowess.

    I'm not concern trolling, I wholeheartedly believe our future is linked to hands-on exploration of space, its just that the project horizon seems to be self-limiting as long as exploration is geared toward putting boots on the ground despite physical limitations.

    "If all else fails... immortality can always be assured by spectacular error."

    by mydailydrunk on Sun Nov 08, 2009 at 09:36:06 AM PST

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      VA Gal, Spekkio

      See, the thing is, I disagree with you - exploration isn't just about science, (although I will admit you didn't necessarily limit yourself to just science, but you are coming close).  

      I would submit that the purpose of space exploration is to both find out what we can about the universe, but also how we can use the universe to make life better for everyone involved.  And that means you have to put people in space.

      Second, concerning the price to orbit - the question that nobody has answered yet, that drastically needs to be answered, is whether that a result of technology and energy, or a result of how we do space operations.  If its the former, we have a lot of work ahead of us before we can reasonably do any serious space development.  

      If its the later, then its just a question of repositioning the various pieces to be more efficent.  And there is good reason to suspect its about the operations, then the technology

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