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#1 Feb 19, 2021 11:54 pm

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Mars, pah

I remember July 20, 1969 and the huge hoopla and optimism of the moon landing: breaking through the Final Frontier, Man's expansion to the stars, bubble colonies - an endless future! Well the moon turned out to be a bust, nothing even to mine and bespoil, and at least the space program gave the world teflon and velcro.

Now, unknown trillions later it's Mars. Fine, the world's astronomers, that 0.000000001% of the population, are creaming their pants at these "wonderful scientific finds". But really, what good does it do the rest of us? Given the existential threats this overburdened planet is facing, couldn't we leave all this extraterrestrial stuff for a little later? Couldn't we use all those trillions to fix things here on earth first, before leaving more space junk on Mars?

- Mister Space Grinch

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#2 Feb 20, 2021 9:55 am

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I guess I am in the small portion with creamed pants.  I absolutely, positively live it.  I like the science, the tech, the discovery and the adventure of it all.

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#3 Feb 20, 2021 12:57 pm

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Any extraterrestrial life visiting Mars will take a look around at all the junk and say "Yep, the humans have been busy."

https://nationalpost.com/news/world/goo … f22760/amp

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#4 Feb 20, 2021 3:11 pm

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Real Distwalker wrote:

I guess I am in the small portion with creamed pants.  I absolutely, positively live it.  I like the science, the tech, the discovery and the adventure of it all.

That's all well and good, but "Is it worth it?" Does humankind get a reasonable return, on the staggering amounts it cost to send these one-way cruises into the void. These are ego projects, intellectual masturbation that have very little relevance to us earthlings.

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#5 Feb 20, 2021 3:20 pm

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We have got a lot more out of Space travel than just some none stick frying pans.

It didn't matter how much spare cash there was floating around they wouldn't be doing the socialist lets help everybody have a decent life thing. It just doesn't work that way.

Look how much money that couldn't be spent on all kinds of projects because they didn't have the money that has been used to prop up society during Covid.

Frankly it just has be in aww the science and technology required to get a space vehicle hurtle through a void for 7 months or so, and drop onto a planet without any ability to manually control the descent.

PS. NH, seems well qualified to be a member of a very select club I belong to in England, we even have our own Tshirt No BS. The Old Grumpy Club. I am not sure if he is yet old enough to be a full member.... smile

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#6 Feb 20, 2021 3:53 pm

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Expat wrote:

We have got a lot more out of Space travel than just some none stick frying pans.

It didn't matter how much spare cash there was floating around they wouldn't be doing the socialist lets help everybody have a decent life thing. It just doesn't work that way.

Look how much money that couldn't be spent on all kinds of projects because they didn't have the money that has been used to prop up society during Covid.

Frankly it just has be in aww the science and technology required to get a space vehicle hurtle through a void for 7 months or so, and drop onto a planet without any ability to manually control the descent.

PS. NH, seems well qualified to be a member of a very select club I belong to in England, we even have our own Tshirt No BS. The Old Grumpy Club. I am not sure if he is yet old enough to be a full member.... smile


I'm the bleedin' chairman mate!

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#7 Feb 20, 2021 5:39 pm

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*NEW  Historian*  needs  a name change.
' sad. Out to sea. lo
' No  widening  of the brain , no  reading of SF  books in early youth .
' Even  flyin..  is a no-no.
Space :  =  intellectual masturbation that have very little relevance to us earthlings.
smh.
" Even  the Donald did not go so far "
Just bad !

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