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Out of the Blue

Well, the Olympics are over. As usual, I ended up watching more than I would have expected and enjoying a lot more than my grumpy comments at the outset of the games indicated. And thanks to how far apart the games are spread, I fully expect to have mostly forgotten that by the next Olympics and just repeat my comments about how I don't appreciate them. So there.

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17. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2012, 20:01 MajorD

eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 13, 2012, 18:52:
Also the Mars Rover cost 2.5bn and is nothing more than a fancy toy-car on mars. If at any point we want to get off this rock, we need to stop wasting money on drones and start building a space elevator or develop some other starting system. Build actual space-ships with actual crews, to see how humans could handle long-term travel, develop stasis tech where we don't die of 0 muscle and cardiac arrest. Develop propulsion and develop better power sources (goes hand in hand, really). We need actual geological digs on mars, we need to find what raw materials are there, how to terraform or at least how to sustain a colony there with 0 external resources. All this twiddling around with drones to analyse rocks is wasting time we could spend on colonizing space proper. Or actually building space-ships that could get us there. At least, an orbital shipyard.

Have you checked this ambitious project out? If they can really pull it off, it will be an amazing feat. I'm sure they'll have a lot of bumps and learning curves along the way, but they are serious about making it happen……

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