posted on Dec, 6 2006 @ 09:45 AM
Originally posted by Burginthorn
I just cant see the purpose of spending squillions of dollars sending man to a dead planet.
This is a common mindset for some reason.
It’s not just about collecting rocks or visiting a dead planet, it’s about enabling
humans to go collect rocks on other solar bodies and
we are going to visit other planets.
The technology that will be invented (or will need to be invented) to place a physical man on Mars will be just as big a boon to the overall world of
technology just as in the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo days.
So many persons either don’t know or forgot the technologies we all take for granted today that were spun from the NASA space exploration programs.
There are literally thousands and thousands of innovative items that were created just to put men on the moon and collect rocks that most of us use
daily in some form.
Millions of people have had their lives saved, enriched or prolonged by the technologies gained through NASA’s research in space exploration not to
mention daily basic applicable technologies….(aside from the obvious)… working dialysis filters, CAT scan technology, MRI, heart implants,
cordless power tools, Velcro, automobile and airplane design programs, super glue, computer component enhancements, sanitary water filtration systems,
smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, technology that enabled home satellite television dishes, large leaps in firefighting and sports equipment,
advanced plastics to computer game components…the list is as impressive as it is long.
is a short list.
Raising the bar by attempting to place a man on Mars and establishing a habitat on the moon may well open the door to scores of newer and even more
innovative beneficial technologies.
But before one sits in judgment about space exploration as a form of waste at some superficial face value, look beyond the obvious end goal to what
will be required to attain the goal itself.