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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    The NASA missions are science. They're the R&D department of the human space enterprise. If we waited for the private sector it would never be cost effective, so government takes the big hit up front and gifts the lessons learned to the private sector, and then conservatives compare them on ROI de-hurr de-hurr.

    See also: canals, railroads, highways, dams, rural electrification, the internet, aerospace, and the military.

    But you know, "gubmint doesn't work" because de-hurr de-hurr.
    But, if you want to harvest an asteroid for the minerals and volitiles, then a private company (profit motive) would be best.

    Colonization will be a public/private joint venture.

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    Re: Science: Vaccines Work, GMOs Are Safe, Everything is a Chemical

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    But, if you want to harvest an asteroid for the minerals and volitiles, then a private company (profit motive) would be best.

    Colonization will be a public/private joint venture.
    Sure, but the entry costs are enormous so governments carry the load.

    The place for the private sector is when there's a market for something. There's no market for exploration and science per se, only for the tech they trailblaze. So let the parasit-- er, MBAs exploit the results after the hard work is done.

    It fits in perfectly with the current fad of socializing costs and privatizing profits, too.
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    Re: Science: Vaccines Work, GMOs Are Safe, Everything is a Chemical

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    The NASA missions are science. They're the R&D department of the human space enterprise. If we waited for the private sector it would never be cost effective, so government takes the big hit up front and gifts the lessons learned to the private sector, and then conservatives compare them on ROI de-hurr de-hurr.

    See also: canals, railroads, highways, dams, rural electrification, the internet, aerospace, and the military.

    But you know, "gubmint doesn't work" because de-hurr de-hurr.
    That's the point. I wonder if Cssini is too far out there and aimed at scientific findings (samples from Saturn)...when the US space interests (and space developed financial returns) would better benefit from partnering with private enterprise in getting short distance travel logistics worked out - whether it be for short distance space shuttles or mining.
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