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Originally posted by Enkidu
We could build a functioning moon base, but it sure would be expensive for what we'd get out of it.
Yeah, we might gain a bit of knowledge about the Earth and Moon, like how old it is, and what it might be made of. But what is that knowledge worth to you? If we find the Moon is 5.1 billion years old, rather than 4.6 billion, how does that affect you? What difference does it ultimately make? Are you willing to pay more taxes to find that out?
Now, some people would say that the quest for knowledge is worth any price, but they're usually not the ones footing the bill. For most people, there has to be some reasonable, tangible return on the investment, or forget it.
What of it? Whoever stated that science has to give back to the community or be profitable?
Originally posted by Wirral Bagpuss
September 13th 1999...the moon is blasted out of Earth's orbit and the people of Moonbase Alpha have to look elsewhere for a new home. This classic sci fi tv is one of my favourites. But the question is, can we build a Moonbase Alpha as shown in Space 1999 today, or are we still someway off this technological feast..perhaps Victor Bergman has yet to be born and lead theway !!!
Seriously though can it be done