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Elon Musk to launch his Tesla Roadster to Mars, blasting David Bowie's "Space Oddity"

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posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 04:01 PM
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a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Has he got any sense of wonder and sentiment? Jeez.You send vintage Buicks, Corvettes or Rolls Royces into space. Classic cars. Icons.

He can send the Tesla Roadster as soon as a real pre-70s legend has been dispatched to Mars.




posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 04:03 PM
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originally posted by: Kandinsky
Has he got any sense of wonder and sentiment? Jeez.You send vintage Buicks, Corvettes or Rolls Royces into space. Classic cars. Icons.

Plymouth Satellite? Mercury Comet?



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 04:19 PM
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a reply to: Kandinsky

Well to be fair, Space Oddity is from 1969


But I totally agree with you, a vintage classic would have been even more bad-ass.



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 04:35 PM
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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
a reply to: scraedtosleep

Frivolous? How does going to a dead, dry and barren planet contribute anything to the humans here on Earth? There might be a little frozen water somewhere, according to some but I doubt it will be enough to sustain "life" in any real numbers. Without light-speed travel or better, we ain't realistically going anywhere.


Yes, we are. We're going to Mars to establish ourselves there as self-supporting. Or would you rather wait for a comet strike? I guess that scenario would actually NOT benefit humans on Earth; it would just benefit humans on Mars and save the species in the process. Realistically we ARE going there. As for light speed and all that? Guess we'll have to figure it out. The only real certainty is that WE GOTTA GET OUTTA HERE! First: Off Earth. Second: Out of the Solar system. Otherwise, we die. If people don't care to participate in that, I have no problem. Just stay out of the way.



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 05:20 PM
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a reply to: schuyler

Let's summarise....

You want to go to a planet with no air, little to no water and no magnetosphere to speak of in the hopes of expanding the resilience and range of the human race for generations to come while we can't even "manage" our own planet without squabbling? Good luck with that!

I know, T and C's and all but have you been taking drugs?



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 06:45 PM
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originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Why does the payload have to be useless garbage and not something already preparing colonisation like a com-satellite?

Might motivate someone to sign up as a first wave colonist if they can get there and drive around in style



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 06:48 PM
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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
a reply to: schuyler

Let's summarise....

You want to go to a planet with no air, little to no water and no magnetosphere to speak of in the hopes of expanding the resilience and range of the human race for generations to come while we can't even "manage" our own planet without squabbling? Good luck with that!

I know, T and C's and all but have you been taking drugs?

Sounds like a fun challenge...not to mention taking part in history at its very core as being the first people to start the terraforming and building process.

I think you could very easily get a few hundred people to willingly go, knowing its a one way trip, lots of hard work, no immediately luxuries to start, etc...simply because it is taking part in something great



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 06:55 PM
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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
Methinks the late Mr. Tesla would be turning in his grave about now...

If anybody could appreciate a ridiculous grandstanding publicity stunt, it would be Nikola Tesla.



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 07:19 PM
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Aliens will find the car, replicate it. Find aplanet and have some fun.



posted on Dec, 6 2017 @ 07:32 PM
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posted on Dec, 7 2017 @ 08:12 AM
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originally posted by: YouSir

originally posted by: Peeple
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Why does the payload have to be useless garbage and not something already preparing colonisation like a com-satellite?



Ummm...with a payload capacity of 119,000 lbs...maybe they'll squeeze a 3-D printer or two onboard that could begin printing the base out of that red oxide dust...a couple small reactors wouldn't hurt either...

IMO it would make sense to send the load heavy in order to fully test the systems...


YouSir

You'd have to get the 3D printers to the surface somehow if they were to use the soil for printing material, and I don't think SpaceX has yet developed the equipment needed to conduct a successful landing.



posted on Dec, 7 2017 @ 08:20 AM
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originally posted by: Kandinsky
a reply to: knowledgehunter0986

Has he got any sense of wonder and sentiment? Jeez.You send vintage Buicks, Corvettes or Rolls Royces into space. Classic cars. Icons.


Does anyone remember the opening sequence to the 1981 film Heavy Metal?
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edit on 7/12/2017 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)



posted on Dec, 7 2017 @ 08:04 PM
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originally posted by: LightSpeedDriver
a reply to: schuyler

Let's summarise....

You want to go to a planet with no air, little to no water and no magnetosphere to speak of in the hopes of expanding the resilience and range of the human race for generations to come while we can't even "manage" our own planet without squabbling? Good luck with that!

I know, T and C's and all but have you been taking drugs?


Jesus, get over yourself. You sound like some Nervous Nellie worried that if you set sail over the ocean you're going to fall off because the Earth is flat. You are showing a complete lack of imagination. Stay here. You lack the talent to do anything else.



posted on Dec, 8 2017 @ 04:30 PM
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a reply to: schuyler

Fellow member, I am as far removed from Nervous Nellie (whoever she is) as you could imagine. Your attempt to compare me to a flat-earther I found nothing less than humorous and heart-warming. Truly, and thank you!

However.

Your postulation that I lack imagination presents me with a problem. How do I survive this untrue allegation? How do I look other members in the eye again while wearing my tie-dye mankini with any kind of dignity? Should I delete my account, cut my own throat or just go and hide outside for a while until everything will be ok again?

I really hope you can advise me as to the best course of my next action.

Eagerly awaiting your reply,

Driver

/sarcasm on
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posted on Dec, 8 2017 @ 06:06 PM
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I can tell you--not that you will listen. Basically, you look at something that is difficult and deem it impossible. I look at something that is difficult and consider it a challenge. I like my attitude better than yours. I have no problem if you want to stay on shore and bite your fingernails as the ships sail off to certain death by falling off the edge of the world. You can be as belligerently myopic as you wish, but your attempt at "sarcasm" is foolish and silly. That you deem it necessary to point out that is what you are attempting is laughable. It just shows your own lack of vision. You can be dismissed as irrelevant. Your only real use is to be able to point to you and say, "That attitude is stupid and unhelpful." But to others I say this:

We must get over the dependence of being a one-world species. The reason is that an extinction-level event is an eventual certainty. For all practical purposes, i.e.: From what we know now, that means Mars, though there are other candidates out there. Mars is not desolate. It has water. It has the raw material for fuel. It has the capacity to support life once we install it. There is no doubt that we can establish a self-supporting presence on Mars. We can make oxygen. We can make heat. We can make fuel. We can make food. It also can be terra-formed, and that means life can get easier over time. There is a wealth of material supporting this idea. A you have to do is look. This is not a novel idea and a lot of very smart people have thought long and hard about it.

Obviously Mars is really not enough to save the species. Any number of things could cause a problem for the entire solar system. The ultimate goal is to find another solar system with an Earth-like planet. What do you think we've been doing these last few years? A whole lot of resources and time has been put into finding so-called exo-planets--with particular emphasis on Earth-like planets in a "habitable zone." Anybody think that's an accident? Of course not. We're looking for another home. How are we going to get there? Well you know what? I don't know. But I do know that the popular culture version "You can't go faster than light" is a gross simplification and conveniently ignores some pretty compelling evidence to the contrary: Quantum entanglement, for example. If you can get beyond the typical "Carl Sagan talks to English majors about science" kinds of presentations you will find the physicists at the cutting edge of research have some startling thoughts about this "light speed" problem. There are people who seem to feel we've "got it all down" about reality these days, but the same attitude could be seen in the latter art of the 19th century when the same was said about Newtonian Mechanics. Then people thought it was just about filling in the edges a bit before complete knowledge was known. The Universe was a giant clock. The clock maker as gone, and that was pretty much it.

But that didn't happen, did it? It turns out quantum mechanics and relativity had something to teach us where Newtoian mechanics did not have a clue. I'm betting we are in a similar situation today. We've been butting our heads against the wall and coming to the conclusion that walls are impenetrable. But what if we just haven't found the door? That gives me some hope that we can find a way out of here. I don't think that is an unreasonable attitude to take. And though it's perfectly okay to lack vision, I have no respect whatsoever for the belligerent idiots who think things are impossible. I have nothing but disdain and revulsion against that way of thinking.




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