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Fri Mar 2, 2018, 11:36 AM

 

How Government has set back our Space Program 40 years

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Reply How Government has set back our Space Program 40 years (Original post)
tomhagen Mar 2018 OP
longship Mar 2018 #1
PoliticAverse Mar 2018 #2
FiveGoodMen Mar 2018 #3
tomhagen Mar 2018 #4

Response to tomhagen (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 12:00 PM

1. This is a bunch of rubbish.

The path to Mars is via the Moon.

Who can credibly claim that a human occupied mission to Mars will land with anybody alive with today's tech?

One damned solar flare will outright kill the astronauts. That is ignoring cosmic rays. Plus, transit to and from Mars only occurs every so many months. So, once you've landed there, unless you are solely there to leave mere flag and footprints, you are going to be there for a rather long time. Even flag and footprints will likely strand one there for months, as the transit orbit will likely pass you by.

The same kind of issues would happen going to the Moon, only that the Moon is a mere three days away, while Mars is months away.

The bottom line is that, if one wants to test out long term deep space habitats, it's better to do so closer to Earth where rescue is possible.

Moon Base Alpha first. Then Mars.

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Response to tomhagen (Original post)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 01:01 PM

2. Because NASA has scientists that know what that would actually involve? n/t

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 2, 2018, 01:54 PM

3. +1 (or two billion)

Very dangerous.

Very expensive.

Little to be gained.

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