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  1. was about to say we do, but then I misread that.
  2. Go

    Anyone play? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(game)
  3. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    And it was widely criticized, for both its human and monetary effects, wasn't it? And that's a bit of a red herring, by the way.
  4. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    Again, that would be expensive. You're right, a colony requires people. But you're still talking about a tiny tiny number of humans.
  5. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    Well, that's the problem: it can't. But of course, Mars is closer. As far as the outer planets, what would you do with human astronauts that you weren't able to do with Voyager or Cassini-Huygens, etc.?
  6. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    It would have to be enough humans to justify the effort. In other words, more than 600/7.5 billion. Especially considering you're selling it to the taxpayers.
  7. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    I agree! But very little of the human race will be able to without some sort of better option than chemical rockets. I mentioned before a space elevator. That's about the only thing that will allow any kind of regular arrivals to/departures from Earth.
  8. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    I'm sorry, I don't understand you. What do you mean?
  9. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    Probably there will be. And probably the same thing will happen to the Mars program that happened to Apollo: it will be axed before it's complete.
  10. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    That is a lot of money for just 600 people. Your mention of the majority of humans have ever flown is not relevant because there are a lot of humans who have flown, a much larger amount than 600. And even if we had a lunar base and started exploring Mars and the outer planets--personally, with humans rather than robotic probes--it would still be a handful of people who would enjoy the experience. How would you justify the cost for so few?
  11. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    yes, and the apollo program was killed after No. 17, for that very reason. The space shuttle was horribly expensive, and that was only one part of several planned components of the "Space Transportation System", the others were vetoed by Nixon for the same reason, the cost. Since Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth, rough 600 humans have been in space.
  12. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    it's just the cost would be extremely prohibitive. In "2001" the USS Discovery takes five humans to the outer planets to explore them. What do you think the actual spaceship would have cost to send as few as five people? And we did the same thing, on an even grander scale, with the two Voyager probes, but without the humans. Humans were and still are able to explore space--just as if these automated spacecraft were extensions of our very brains or limbs.
  13. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    with chemical rockets launching people into space it will still end up being only a fraction of the human race who will ever get to participate in that.
  14. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    I didn't know about that. Still, why would you explore the solar system with human beings when robotic probes can do the same thing at a fraction of the cost?
  15. Space Travel, 10/04/1957 - 10/04/2017

    so to get the discussion back on topic, do you think there is a point to a lunar base, other than to simply have one?
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