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originally posted by: MoonBlossom
Late to the party, but I agree with everything you've said OP, and commend you for having the fortitude to speak your mind on such an important issue.
I just cannot fathom some of the responses read herein; looking at colonizing Mars
but could give a Fluorine-Uranium-Carbon-Kalium about Earth, now that they've
almost fully raped not only the planet, but most of its people for profit
- and for generations, no less...
We have also disgustingly littered up this planet something fierce, due to gross over-consumption, with space already having our junk in orbit - the same humanity that would see this world and others as their own personal garbage dump.
I liken it to an analogy of sports fans in their "Go Team - WE Won!!" chant.
No WE didn't win, the players won, parting you from your time=energy=$$ and in the off season, all YOU have is an empty football field.
When Mars is "won", Earth will be the new empty football field - a mined out empty shell of its former self and a garbage dump left to rot.
But at least your team "won" space, right?
That said, I really am all for space exploration, it is a noble pursuit - however once humanity learns to clean up its OWN backyard and do right by the people who live here in the NOW, and earn the respect of their offspring and future generations in taking care of the very PARADISE they were first entrusted with.
There is no honour in colonizing space, with your home planet in such a disgraceful state
- the very reference of where you've been already - and, what you're capable of.
Researchers Julien Salmon and Robin Canup fom the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado ran a computer simulation where an object roughly the size of Pluto hit Mars, throwing one-thousandth of the Red Planet’s mass into orbit. This model was presented at last month’s Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
the fact is that if we do not go multiplanetary as a species at the earliest possible chance...
originally posted by: TrueBrit
We should be cleaning the planet, AND colonizing new ones, not picking one or the other, but insisting on doing EVERYTHING we need to do, all of the time, without ever compromising one for the other.
originally posted by: 3danimator2014
Whats wrong with Kalium? Do we have too much of it? Am i eating too many bananas? What about uranium? You know its not particularly dangerous and its very common in the ground. And what about Fluorine?
originally posted by: Beowolfs
This world is all about profits with minimal losses. For example... It's financially beneficial for a company to discard hazardous material into a river than paying for proper disposal.
It's disturbing what corporations are willing to decimate in favor of the all powerful $$. Never the less, we need space exploration. No doubt financing those project will lead to new discoveries which will benefit human kind as well.
originally posted by: eriktheawful
Having all of one's eggs in one basket is: Dumb.
Too many ways that life here on Earth could (and has been in the past) wiped out.
Better to get ourselves spread around, even if it's only in orbital habitats.
We will never solve all of Earth's problems by simply staying here on Earth and waiting for something really bad to happen (and it most likely will happen one day).