Cesar, on Oct 8 2009, 08:48 AM, said:
Thalion, on Oct 8 2009, 09:39 AM, said:
....use this to refine techniques to find water on other planets. Yes
Out of curiosity, if they find water, what can they do with it?
I don't object to the idea, but I'm curious what they hope to achieve besides "look, water."
Transporting enough water to the moon from Earth to support a base would be extremely difficult. It is difficult enough to support the International Space Station, and it is only manned by like a 3-4 person crew.
The ultimate goal is to (within 1000 years) terraform Mars into a usable planet. This is only the first of a million milestones we need to pass toward that end. Regardless of whether we clean up our planet, which we need to do, population pressure will eventually require the expansion to other worlds.
Unless of course, we'd rather impose reproductive limits. The problem is, China has already tried that, and though it works somewhat, it has led to other problems. (Such as killing of female babies so that parents may keep trying for a boy.)
I dunno. It has become part of our culture to complain about the cost of the space program. And yet, no one is willing to pull the plug, another facet of our culture. It has become so ingrained as part of our national identity that we feel the need to continue to dominate the world in the space race. Thus far we HAVE seen benefits through the introduction and expansion of new technologies as a result of the program. Also, the knowledge about the impacts of global warning, indeed its existence, is enhanced and deepened by the research and observation gained by the space program.
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