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[–] b1gdu3 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

This is great news in the inevitable goal of terra-forming Mars.

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[–] 7777773 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This is great news in the post-Space Shuttle society we live in where it feels like war has become more important than science.

A race for Mars would be terrific because it's a good excuse for all those military contractors to get their money without spending it bombing and killing and creating new terrorists every day in a violent global circlejerk - we could instead spend that money learning and advancing the human race... and potentially setting up gold mines on Mars or whatever to create as sustaining economy around the concept.

Frankly, I don't care what the motivation is, I just want to remember where I was when Mankind set foot on an alien planet for the first time.

Ask ten different scientists about the environment, population control, genetics and you'll get ten different answers, but there's one thing every scientist on the planet agrees on. Whether it happens in a hundred years or a thousand years or a million years, eventually our Sun will grow cold and go out. When that happens, it won't just take us. It'll take Marilyn Monroe and Lao-Tzu, Einstein, Morobuto, Buddy Holly, Aristophanes .. and all of this .. all of this was for nothing unless we go to the stars.

JM Straczynski

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[–] Angry_fapkin 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

How have I never seen this before?!? Thank you for bringing this into my life!

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[–] MaturingRust 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Mmmmm that was nice.

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[–] ShampocalypseWOW 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Who cares about Mars? Send a science mission or two, sure, but there's not a lot we need to do there that robots can't do for cheaper and much longer.

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[–] Shmig 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I wonder if the moon will play a large role in harvesting asteroids for their resources? It would make colonizing the moon a for sure thing if that is the case. If anyone has any knowledge on the subject please feel free to enlighten me.

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[–] Shmig 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ah yes the space elevator. If you haven't seen this video about asteroid mining it may interest you Asteroid Mining

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[–] pagantree 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

You can't "return" somewhere you have not been to before. They still have not solved the radiation problem, which would kill all the passengers that are exposed to radiation as soon as they leave the comfort of Earth's magnetic shield. This is why "space missions" are only done in low earth orbit. You can technically /send/ people to the moon, but it doesn't mean they'll get there alive.

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[–] Burrito 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I always just assumed having a moon base would mean cheaper rocket launches to places like Mars and it would help technology along. But what do I know, I'm not a rocket scientist.

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