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Originally posted by sweetnlow
reply to post by heyitsphil
Monetarily its seems a pretty big deal , but in reality its not so, we don't need to waste our time with the moon, we've been there done that, we have sent unmanned missions to Mars to snoop around a lil, but we need to truly go after the possibilities, i'm sure their are hundreds of thousands of willing people who would gleefully offer their lives for a once in a lifetime opportunity to go where no man has gone before, and me being on the first of the list
The technology is there, we have everything we need to make it happen, just do it until its been perfected, just like every other hurdle we've ever had to jump over in our progression of existence
Originally posted by MrGrimm
Rockets are crap, they've been the worst means of space travel from the beginning.
We need a new and more efficient source of fuel or energy in order to make the trips less strenuous on... well, everything involved.
In an unexpected reversal of fortune, NASA's NanoSail-D spacecraft has unfurled a gleaming sheet of space-age fabric 650 km above Earth, becoming the first-ever solar sail to circle our planet.
"We're solar sailing!" says NanoSail-D principal investigator Dean Alhorn of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. "This is a momentous achievement." from above source.
so i guess we have been pondering this for a lot longer then last few decades also
en.wikipedia.org... : from source
Project Horizon was a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a scientific / military base on the Moon. On June 8, 1959, a group at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA) produced for the U.S. Department of the Army a report entitled Project Horizon, A U.S. Army Study for the Establishment of a Lunar Military Outpost.":
i wonder how different our world would be had the usa had a air force(space force?) base on the moon since the late 60's....
The Lunex Project was a US Air Force 1958 plan for a manned lunar landing prior to the Apollo Program. The final lunar expedition plan in 1961 was for a 21-airman underground Air Force base on the Moon by 1968 at a total cost of $ 7.5 billion.":
Originally posted by royspeed
reply to post by sweetnlow
All it would take would be someone with the vision and guts to get it going, financially it would initially be expensive, but the long-term benefits of fast travel to the planets would outweigh the initial costs over time.
You are not going to raise my taxes to send a few special people to live on Mars. Most of the population would agree.