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If any benefit came out of it, it would be solely reserved for the financial elites, corporations and Government, we would see none of the positive benefits.edit on 16-4-2014 by Visitor2012 because: (no reason given)
reply to post by smurfy
There is definitely a push on to terraform Mars in the relative near future. The reasons are anybody's guess, although they are already abundant.
We can't even get people out of low earth orbit...let alone the moon...let alone Mars. Terraforming tech is wayyy beyond our technical capability, and to my knowledge, there is no funding for any of these costly endeavours.
This has no chance of happening in the "relatively near future" as you put it.
edit on 16America/Chicagopm162014-04-16T20:03:46-05:00pmWednesday04 by deadcalm because: (no reason given)
If you are a no Mooner, you need to prove that no one has ever left LEO. On the other hand there is definitive proof that they did.
It will not cost trillions and this is not about getting to mars. they do not plan on going to mars as far as we know at the moment but they are developing a new heavy lift rocket with more capabilities than the Saturn V (the SLS program & the Orion spacecraft) the plan for the 2020s is they want to capture an asteroid and place it in lunar orbit and take samples. The capture of the asteroid is planned on being done by an unmanned spacecraft and the actual crewed flight would just be conducted in lunar orbit which was done numerous times in the 60's & 70's with a budget that costs as much as the entire space shuttle program. Only this time there would be financial gain & a bonus of scientific exploration in mind. This mission will help us learn about asteroid re directing and help us mine for valuables to help our economy in the future.
originally posted by: deadcalm
reply to post by smurfy
I am no "Mooner" as you put it....I am merely stating the facts....we have no vehicle capable right now to get humans out of LEO...let alone travel to Mars. Nor is there any funding for such a challenge. It would cost trillions...money that certainly the US does not have.
Doesn't matter what was done 40+ years ago....those days are long gone.
Even if there was the political will (which there isn't) it would take a decade or more to develop and test the equipment needed.
originally posted by: paranormal78
I'm a huge fan of space exploration & after hearing about NASA's asteroid initiative it sounds like the most useful mission in space exploration because one; we can learn how to redirect an asteroid saving earth and two; we can mine it for billions and maybe even trillions of dollars worth of minerals like gold and other valuable metals. Now we just need a safe, reliable way to extract and retrieve an asteroids minerals. With this new approach in space exploration america could be much closer to paying off its 17 trillion dollar debt. In fact most of the resources mined on earth like gold and iron have come from asteroid impacts throughout history. Congress wouldn't have any reason to object to an asteroid mission especially if there's resources involved (basically it's a mission that pays for itself) so it looks like a for sure thing now with NASA & the government.