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The future of mankind is in the stars.
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25-03-2014, 10:58 AM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.

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25-03-2014, 10:59 AM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
not sure about the 'duty to colonize the cosmos' part but I love a good ROAD TRIP!

er....well, SPACE TRIP!


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25-03-2014, 02:23 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(25-03-2014 10:52 AM)Magoo Wrote:  
(24-03-2014 08:21 AM)Bible Belt Brawler Wrote:  Have you heard of Mars One?

I looked it up, but it looks like a load of rubbish to me. If NASA aren't going to Mars, then what makes anyone else think they can?

Private companies could have an advantage, seeing as they lack the political issues of a government agency.
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25-03-2014, 03:07 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(25-03-2014 02:23 PM)Bible Belt Brawler Wrote:  
(25-03-2014 10:52 AM)Magoo Wrote:  I looked it up, but it looks like a load of rubbish to me. If NASA aren't going to Mars, then what makes anyone else think they can?

Private companies could have an advantage, seeing as they lack the political issues of a government agency.

They can also don't have to rely on set amounts of (under-) funding from the government. If the companies are big enough they could effectively have an unlimited budget.

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25-03-2014, 03:15 PM (This post was last modified: 25-03-2014 03:18 PM by rampant.a.i..)
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
It's not simply in terms of colonization. Space exploration requires pushing the limits of modern technology, and some of the commonplace technologies we have today are derived directly from the space program.

If you used a GPS or are browsing the forum on your mobile phone or home computer, (many mobile networks now use satellites) you're using advancements made possible by funding space exploration.

http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/...important/

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26-03-2014, 08:14 AM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(25-03-2014 03:07 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(25-03-2014 02:23 PM)Bible Belt Brawler Wrote:  Private companies could have an advantage, seeing as they lack the political issues of a government agency.

They can also don't have to rely on set amounts of (under-) funding from the government. If the companies are big enough they could effectively have an unlimited budget.

NASA estimated the cost of the mission to be $100 million. Good luck funding that.

Edit: I mean billion.
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26-03-2014, 11:22 AM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(23-03-2014 12:12 AM)Bible Belt Brawler Wrote:  I believe that it is mankind's duty to colonize the cosmos, spreading the gift of reason to other worlds.

Sounds like Manifest Destiny: Space Edition.

Assuming we do find other sapient lifeforms, who's to say they wouldn't already possess logical capacities? We definitely would trade and gain invaluable insights from each others' culture and knowledge data bases, but "spread our gift of reason" sounds elitist and patronizing. Tongue

Also, I think it should be pointed out that "reason" was pretty much never the first "gift" that colonizers spread. Drinking Beverage

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26-03-2014, 12:39 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
Maybe eventually humanity will connect all planets in our solar system in one solid structure, and make it like a clock and also maintain the sun's size. so it never ever gets destroyed.
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27-03-2014, 12:30 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(26-03-2014 11:22 AM)Tartarus Sauce Wrote:  
(23-03-2014 12:12 AM)Bible Belt Brawler Wrote:  I believe that it is mankind's duty to colonize the cosmos, spreading the gift of reason to other worlds.

Sounds like Manifest Destiny: Space Edition.

Assuming we do find other sapient lifeforms, who's to say they wouldn't already possess logical capacities? We definitely would trade and gain invaluable insights from each others' culture and knowledge data bases, but "spread our gift of reason" sounds elitist and patronizing. Tongue

Also, I think it should be pointed out that "reason" was pretty much never the first "gift" that colonizers spread. Drinking Beverage

That is a valid point and I will amend my original point in light of it:

We should spread out and colonize worlds without sapient life, while treating living, sapient worlds respectfully.
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27-03-2014, 12:32 PM
RE: The future of mankind is in the stars.
(26-03-2014 12:39 PM)Alex_Leonardo Wrote:  Maybe eventually humanity will connect all planets in our solar system in one solid structure, and make it like a clock and also maintain the sun's size. so it never ever gets destroyed.
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Interesting concept, but how would that save our solar system from doom?
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