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    Space exploration: Where do we go from here?

    58 years ago, JFK said, "We choose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy, but because it is hard."

    It's hard now, and we ain't going anywhere. Whether it is lack of will, lack of money, lack of vision, lack of leadership, lack of (________), we're stuck in a rut since 1972.

    Elon just launched in the fog and stuck the landing thru the fog. I'm not saying SpaceX is the answer, but they're moving the needle.

    We're not going anywhere unless we figure out a new form of propulsion that does not involve hauling gobs of fuel around to fuel the engines. Somebody will figure it out. Maybe on my lifetime, probably not.

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    I'd concentrate on being able to tell more and more about things farther and farther away. We should know an exoplanet can support us before we visit it. I don't know how long that will take, but we've really only been using our brains to explore scientifically for 1000 years and we've gotten to where we can figure out mass, density, revolutionary period, and rough geological makeup of exoplanets. The science might be here in another 100 years.

    Then we need to have a way of "getting" there. I'm not sure "getting" will mean people traveling. Instead I can imagine armadas of self-replicating sensors and scouts at the molecular level traveling there at lightspeed and assembling machines and comms gear so that we can observe while they move around, continue to build, explore, test and hopefully eventually make contact if they find anything interesting. No space ships. Maybe eventually being able to beam instructions to copy consciousness into those creations. (This also makes ambulatory life back home unnecessary, since you can pump your consciousness anywhere and, for that matter, into anything -- want to be a dinosaur?)

    I mean the porn spinoffs alone should pay for it.
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    Re: Space exploration: Where do we go from here?

    The asteroids either in the Belt or the Aft Trojans of Jupiter should be able to pay for all of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    The asteroids either in the Belt or the Aft Trojans of Jupiter should be able to pay for all of it.
    I never understand how that would work.

    Gold is $1300 an ounce. Say there's a solid gold asteroid out there that's one trillion ounces. If it becomes accessible that doesn't mean it will be worth $1.3 quadrillion. It means gold will fall to a thousandth of a cent an ounce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I never understand how that would work.

    Gold is $1300 an ounce. Say there's a solid gold asteroid out there that's one trillion ounces. If it becomes accessible that doesn't mean it will be worth $1.3 quadrillion. It means gold will fall to a thousandth of a cent an ounce.
    False. It will never become accessible to the general public. It will be owned in whole by Giant MegaSpace Exploration, Inc., who will sell it for $1300 an ounce, one ounce at a time, for the next 10,000 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LynahFan View Post
    False. It will never become accessible to the general public. It will be owned in whole by Giant MegaSpace Exploration, Inc., who will sell it for $1300 an ounce, one ounce at a time, for the next 10,000 years.

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    I think on July 20, this will be the only thing running on my computer.

    https://www.space.com/website-replay...real-time.html
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    There was a repeated line in The Agony and the Ecstasy - "When will you make an end?!"

    I feel like yelling this

    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/m...1-moon-mission

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    Heard on the radio yesterday: On this day in 1983 Sally Ride becomes the first woman to walk on the moon.

    Sigh.

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    Gov. Murphy has ordered the evacuation of Grovers Mill

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/s...-a8969021.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Gov. Murphy has ordered the evacuation of Grovers Mill

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/s...-a8969021.html
    Lens flare? So that's where JJ is filming Episode IX...

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    SpaceX goes 2 for 3 on booster recovery this AM. The are batting 0.5 for 3 on center core recovery, but they did get the fairing!

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJ9HrZq7Ro

    "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down ? That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ticapnews View Post
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEJ9HrZq7Ro

    "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down ? That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
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    How many times does mookie have to say..... winners write the history

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    Quote Originally Posted by mookie1995 View Post
    How many times does mookie have to say..... winners write the history
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
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    Nothing new. Operation Paperclip did a quick "de Nazification" on the scientists and technicians and shipped them off along with their families to an Army facility in the USA. The Russians did the same for the German scientists they laid their hands on.

    I forget what happened to the SS guys who were to blame for executing the slave laborers.

    If you really want to have fun look up Reinhard Gehlen and Abwehr Ost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Nothing new. Operation Paperclip did a quick "de Nazification" on the scientists and technicians and shipped them off along with their families to an Army facility in the USA. The Russians did the same for the German scientists they laid their hands on.
    I wasn't presenting it as breaking news. I really enjoyed the graphic presentation. It reminds me of "smart people comics" like Logicomix.

    If you really want to have fun look up Reinhard Gehlen and Abwehr Ost.
    That is fascinating. There are lessons there for fighting the Dumpies from within.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I wasn't presenting it as breaking news. I really enjoyed the graphic presentation. It reminds me of "smart people comics" like Logicomix.



    That is fascinating. There are lessons there for fighting the Dumpies from within.
    Oh Kep. Look up Gehlen and his post WW2 activities.

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