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Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
Although number3 at first seems attractive,It is also the most risky and likeley to fail in terms of technology IMO.
I would go with an all out effort for a colony on Mars,as some folks have already mentioned-its a better bet,and I believe it is doable with todays technology.
Originally posted by CerBeRus666
Sick and tired of another "small unmanned" crafts.
Humans need to Dream, and conquer uncharted borders.
Nobody actually cares about any Space Program, presently available, be it from NASA, ESA, Russia, China, Japan, Brazil, India, and so on. Why? Because humans are passionate creatures, who need to feel like they are part of something Bigger. And, I'm sorry, little probes, satellites, robots, observatories, and whatever, just doesn't interest anybody, outside the scientific community.
A truly worldwide effort at manned missions is what people want, and probably the only project capable of uniting powers that are destined to collide. It would also:
- Create thousands of well paid jobs
- Contribute for a more peaceful world
- Permit huge technological leeps
- In the ling run, be an economically profitable endeavor
Let us be like JFK - we must think BIG. Our ancestors would expect nothing less from us...
As for the money, just a small cut in the stupid, useless, military budgets, of the major powers, would more then pay for any project, no matter how bold, and huge.