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Re: The most important near-term goal of a space program:

by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor)
on May 15, 2007 at 16:59 UTC ( #615588=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The most important near-term goal of a space program:

Personally, I'm very against having humanity going out into space and colonizing other extra-terrestrial bodies without first learning how to live on this planet.

We've made quite a mess out of this habitat and we should learn first how to 1) clean it up and 2) keep it that way before messing up some other place.

We also do a lousy job of keeping people on this planet fed, clothed and sheltered. Learn to do that here first.

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Re^2: The most important near-term goal of a space program:
by belg4mit (Prior) on May 19, 2007 at 17:31 UTC
    I'm deep green myself, but I think that having to address the cold hard (vacuum) realities of space could definitely help more realize just what it means to live within the limits of one's habitat.

    The Earth is generally a rather forgiving place, space is not. As long as humanity doesn't become hysterical or catatonic luddites after some minor loss of a few volunteers life* when something goes wrong up there, we ought to be able to learn from the experience.

    *Honoring them is one thing, but "never again" overreactions don't help. Remember that many people are leaping at the chance to be one of the few to die in space; not that that's how it is normally phrased, but nevertheless…

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