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International Space Station a Waste?

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posted on Nov, 4 2007 @ 02:15 PM
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Moon base would be a good idea rather than the International Space Station. From the moon you would be able to fly a an airplane into space due to the lack of atmosphere. Which would lead to explorations of other planets like Mars Venus and other moons such as Europa. So why did we create the space station share you opinions?

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posted on Nov, 4 2007 @ 02:38 PM
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The International Space Station (ISS) was/is intended as a platform for conducting microgravity research - how materials/chemicals/biological specimens, etc. react to a microgravity environment. The moon's gravity is about 1/6 G - low, but not low enough to conduct this sort of research.

I think you're a little confused about what we'd be able to do once on the moon and what kind of craft we'd use to get there. I draw this conclusion from your statement that, quote:


From the moon you would be able to fly a an airplane into space due to the lack of atmosphere. Which would lead to explorations of other planets like Mars Venus and other moons such as Europa.

Spacecraft shaped like aircraft - like the space shuttle - need an atmosphere to function in an aircraft-like manner. Wings are of no advantage on the moon - matter of fact they are a disadvantage, because wings add weight, and that weight must be lugged out of Earth's gravity well and the moon's gravity well on each round-trip from the Earth to the moon.

Having a moon base will not make it easier to explore Mars, Venus, or Europa. There's no fuel/energy advantage in using the moon as a staging area for such missions (assuming the architecture used to create them follows a modular approach like we have used with the ISS). The environment on the moon isn't closely analogous to any of those environments (Mars, Venus, etc.), so the practical experience we gain from having a moon base is limited in terms of skill-set crossover.

As for why we created the space station, the funny thing is that we built the station as a place for the Space Shuttle to go - and now we're keeping the Space Shuttle in service just long enough to finish the space station. Granted, it isn't funny in the more traditional "ha-ha" sense of the word, but still...

The ISS is an important facility to have access to - partially because of the research that we will, eventually, conduct there. But it is more important as a learning tool, a facility that teaches us how to live and work and solve problems in space - and, perhaps most importantly, it has already taught us how NOT to build a space station in the future.



posted on Nov, 4 2007 @ 02:43 PM
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Yes thank you for your comment.



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