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  • #52
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    So then at what point do we fund space exploration and similar programs? When it's too late? This is something that we have to look beyond the whole earth divided paradigm. Eventually we will have to go out into space to look for a new home. Granted it will hurt our pocket book (and it's not coming at the most opportune time either) but you can't really put a price tag on human advancement. Personally, I'd like future generations to have a new home to go to BEFORE we use up Earth.
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    We have enough trouble trying to control this world, now we wnat to fool around with and try to alter outer space, GOD help us all.
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    @Mbjhug Listen, if you want to pay to look for a new home on another planet, please do so out of your own pocket. We have enough problems on earth right now to keep us busy...
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    @PoliticalSpice Thats the problem. Joe Schmoe can't even fathom the amount of money to put forward, let alone actually have it. Even Richie Rich's would be plunking down huge portions of their fortunes. Yes we have lots of problems but we can't let our over abundance of misfortunes hold us back.

    Even though NASA is spear heading this, this is something that the USA shouldn't do alone. Space exploration needs to have global support through and through. Without it, the human race is destined to die.
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    Lassoing an asteroid. Sounds like playing with fire. What if there's a slip up and we end up with it coming straight at us? Also, what if it orbits faster or slower than the moon? The moon will eventually get hit by it. Our lunar cycles affect the earth. Personally I think our moon should not be put in jeopardy. Lets just leave well enough alone. That asteroid is just over 22,000 mile from earth. Do we really want it any closer? I think not.
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    The moon will hit it? Seriously? I hope you're kidding. First let me explain, they said lasso, no be a catcher. You gotta go out a little ways find one, and push it into orbit around the moon. Secondly, we have things like the moon, specifically, that have been orbiting earth for couple billion years. Gravity is an exact thing, and im certain this would be comparable to a 5th grade math problem by todays astrophysicists. I mean its cool and stuff, and I wouldn't worry if I was you these are the people that got pretty good track records where it comes to be damn near perfect in calculations, if not exact. I just see better use of our tax dollars ATM.
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    @woodtick57
    That's worse. Let's just put it closer to earth. That make sense. That asteroid should be left alone unless it finally gets too close and we have to try to destroy it.
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    @kirbstomp1
    Lassoing it and moving it where ever they want to put it. How is that not the same as catching it and putting it where they want it. Have you not seen or read the news? They already know which asteroid they are wanting to go after and when.
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    Catching asteroids, breaking them up on the moon and extracting gold within 10 years? And returning a profit? Please excuse me while I convulse in laughter for a few minutes...

    (a couple minutes later)

    They were, equally seriously, telling us in the 70s that by 2001 we would be driving around in jet cars and vacationing on the moon.

    We can't even keep the space shuttles operating.

    In the meantime, keep playing Space Miner on your iPhones and feed some of the Earth's hungry mouths first.
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    @jamesmitchell Let's assume for a second that they could be extracting gold from asteroids in 10 years. The common man whose taxes funded all this will benefit how? The ultra rich will reap all the benefits and since trickle down doesn't make it down from Wall Street I have some serious doubts about it coming from the moon.
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    We as a county need goals, we do best when challenged. This sort of thing is what will help stabilize our future, the Earth is becoming to small a place given the human demands placed upon it. We must venture outward in order to tap into the nearly inexhaustible supply of raw material available to us if we can only get our hands on it. Investing in the future of clean energy and space exploration and it's utility is the next logical step in our advancement as a technological society. The old ways lead to stagnation and a slow dying.
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    If we need a goal why not build a national hi- speed rail line? Put tens of thousands back to work, imvest in our nations future infastructure, and finance it when interest rates are dirt cheap. Instead, let's lasso an astriod? That isn't a goal, more like a crack pot idea for a silly sci-fi movie!
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    @PoliticalSpice I heard ya each time (about the hi-speed rail). Have we watched too many Hollyweird movies? The money can/should be spent on a more feasible project (such as a hi-speed rail). At least a more feasible project can and will have a return for all, not just some rich guy who wants to "mine" some gold.
    People, please understand that this and other projects like these do nothing but distract you from the needed programs....LIKE A HIGH SPEED RAIL that will put people to work for building, maintenance....etc.
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    @PoliticalSpice Let's do both! And run the trains on renewable energy. Do a major overhaul of the electrical grid to an intelligent one. A little less war, and maybe we could do a lot of useful things. Science and technology will always push the envelope opening up new opportunities. The question is do we want to take advantage and invest in our future? I retired early because I invested wisely. I had a long term goal and I reached it, and it started with a vision of what could be.
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    @stepped_in_it i agree with your post in all aspects, except that you seem totally forget the fact that this country needs to develop hi-speed rail. :)
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    @PoliticalSpice I agree to hi-speed rail. Other countries have it already, why can't we? This may sound negative, but we have many entrenched interests in this country with big purse strings who profit handsomely by the status quo, and resist any effort to upset their apple cart. They hinder progress in areas where the rest of us would benefit.
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    When I think back to the extremely beneficial side effects of the Apollo program - not the least of which were improvements in our schools - I can't help but get excited about a long-term project like this one.

    Besides, I'm pretty sure somebody somewhere still owes me a flying car, a jetpack and an escalator to the Moon. ;)
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    I agree. Space is worth the money and it's long term ROI can be worth it. Don't forget those supersonic nuke powered jets and an office with a earth view from your spacestation office complex.

    The jet age was a total failure for everyone. What do we all get? Loserware like iPhones. Just proves America's future is dark.
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    I read somewhere that the $850 billion bank bailout was more than the entire NASA budget for the last 50 years. Which was more important?
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    STUPID POLL! A nine line story about something NASA is considering, a four line quote by some rinky dink TV station that actually has no connection to the main story and we're asked an opinion of feasibility?

    Polls like this one encourage people to believe they should interject their opinion into something they know nothing about. What's the point of asking? Why wouldn't the "I don't have enough information to make an intelligent vote" option be included.

    I don't know enough about the subject to predict feasibility or worse yet a time frame to give an intelligent well thought out answer.

    Having lived through NASAs entire manned mission history, I am convinced that NASA can do anything they set their minds to and we invest the money in.
  • #101
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    Not sure I like the idea of a 500 ton rock floating around. I question if their motivator is what they say it is.
    Then again I think everything is a conspiracy.
    Like they would tell us the truth about anything.
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    @Denizen_Kate It's a copper hat. After all these years I realized the tin foil hat doesn't really work, but this copper hat picks up lots of voices in my head.
  • #61
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    In our limited understanding of spacetime, the illusion of a "fim orbit" is reassuring but fallacious. The notion that lassoing a rock would be financially profitable has a lot of holes in it. It assumes technology will not achieve the means to escape Earth using less expensive methods. It also indicates we MUST continue to feed an insatiable greed for precious metals. Sure we have exploding population growth--but despite our confidence that humans are superior, we should not infer we are exempt from natural selection. We are always one global catastrophe away from an unpredictable reduction in numbers. I'm sure money might be better applied to more productive endeavors. Personally, I've always been interested in focusing reseach on discovery of blue electrons because they sound so pretty.
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    Well I think we may be smart enough to capture it but I am not sure why you need to build a base on the asteroid instead of the planet itself. Maybe environmental conditions? A little more information would be helpful.
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    That thought crossed my mind also.
    We are gonna have to reach beyond this planet if we are going to survive as a species. A long term investment in space is prudent but ya gotta watch how you invest when funds are limited.
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    A base of operations outside Earth's gravity and consequential high escape velocity reduces the cost of doing business in space substantially. A huge amount of energy (fuel) is required to reach Earth orbit.
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    @justapirate Agreed. I like all the private sector interest in space but for now the only customers are really the government. Seems like were paying either way.
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    From my studies, the moon doesn't have an atmosphere, that's why its got all them damn craters. Nor does an asteroid. I would say that the asteroid would have very little gravity, which anyone living there would have to be tethered to the rock. My one and only logical thought would be to make a pseudo-atmosphere (better known as a clear balloon.) Which could stop mini-stroids from killing all humans living there, and allow us to study without mask seeing that we would be enclosed and breathing oxygen. It would also give protection from extreme temps and solar radiation all at once. It would be hard to do this to the moon. Just need a super giant balloon.
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  • #176
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    No, it is absoulutely a waste of money that is needed down here on Earth, and we don't even know if it would possible to do. We'd just be pouring funds into something we know nothing about the consequences of. It is absoulutely not a good idea to mess with the natural order of space.
  • #168
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    We cant afford it because we have to buy ho ho's for welfare recipients. But if we could I say lets do it and put a military base of operations up there.
  • #164
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    It's simply a matter of rescources. Even if we do sucessfully complete all of this and build a orbital base. We wont have enough fuel to continue trips for a long duration.
  • #159
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    If we develop the proper technology to move around asteroids that could be the most important thing humans have ever done it could prevent The extinction of human life
  • #135
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    A moon base would be far better (easier to extract lunar ice for fuel). Can't believe NASA doesn't realize that a single good-sized asteroid contains enough precious metals to completely wreck the world economy (were they ever to be extracted and brought back); literally a wealth of building materials, but the profit angle has to be replaced with pure exploratory altruism. As others have said, this is gonna take SERIOUS scratch, but it's gotta be done. Unless you're thrilled with the notion of a future composed of a couple million people sweating through an agrarian existence, you've got to get the species off this planet, mining asteroids, and exploiting the solar system.
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