- This topic has 3 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 17 years, 8 months ago by Anonymous.
25th February 2004 at 8:52 pm #39767SadGeezerKeymaster
with all that’s going on in the space sciences at the moment….i’d be interested in your opinions on this one!! 🙂27th February 2004 at 12:33 am #70097FatguyParticipant
Spend the money on new technology and ventures…..only way to go…..27th February 2004 at 7:24 pm #70101AnonymousGuest
Bush lied. Just like his father did. Bush Sr. also said he was going to take us to Mars and back to the Moon etc..etc… Unfortunatly in the case of Bush Jr. he is costing us a lot more in the short term by cancelling projects like the Hubble which has brought us more scientific data than the entire Apollo project combined for a mere fraction of the price.
We only have the budget for one or the other, Hubble and pure science, or trips to the Moon and Mars. Most don’t understand just how far away we are from real space technology. As it is now, we are the equivilant of 3000BC Sumer wondering how to make a boat float. But our leader is claiming we’ll be sailing magnificant ships and conquering other Continents in no time. Meanwhile the people in charge of making the boats can’t even make one work in the bathtub.
So you have a simple binary choice:
1) Spend all our money making the “best boat we can” and send it to Mars. But for what result?
2) Spend all our money doing research, in the hopes that one day we’ll have a better boat and can go even further than places like Mars.
Well, personally I think money is better spent on things like Hubble than a short-sighted trip to the moon or Mars.
We don’t have any capability whatsoever for bases on the moon or Mars (Regardless of what Bush says, he doesent work in the trenches), so why go there? To bring back a few rocks? To make people feel better? Oh I know, maybe a few Martians will pop out and say “Here are the secrets to the Universe”.
Keep sending probes until something viable and opportune presents itself, meanwhile spend the money on propulsion technology, biospace projects, deep space probes etc…
Stuff we can build upon. Everything has a foundation, but Bushs “vision” doesent seem to understand our foundation at the moment is breadcrumbs. But hey, we’re going to Mars!
Once we have the technology in place, then start thinking about broadening your horizons.
As it is now, we (USA) are going to dump our space funds into a trip that has no purpose but morale, and we’re going to lose a decade of pure research because of it.
Doesent make a whole lotta sense to this ‘Geezer. The only way were gettin off this rock is if someone lifts us up, or we need about 500 years or so on our own time. Which frankly doesent seem like it’s gonna happen.2nd March 2004 at 9:42 pm #70171AnonymousGuest
..on the one hand, i hear they’re stopping servicing mission to Hubble due to the risks involved using the shuttle, etc…. then we’re going to have manned missions to Mars and the Moon. and what could me more dangerous than that?? it’s all about politics and money- not science. don’t get me wrong- i’d love to see mankind reach further out into space. but i don’t want to see it be a single person’s badge of pride, or even a nation’s. something as significant as planning missions to other worlds should be undertaken by all countries, and all of mankind. it should be part of the history of the entire planet, as it should end up benefitting us all
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.