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The Great Frontier

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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 12:13 AM
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*WARNING* semi-rant is included with this post


The history of space exploration is studded with examples of 'what could have been'. So many missions of discovery shut down, underfunded, and left to rot as infeasible.

The Soviet Union and the United States made an art form of one-upmanship-The Soviets had the first man in space, the US the better interplanetary probes; the Soviets the first spacewalk, the US with the ultimate win: landing men on the lunar surface and bringing them back safely.

It wasn't until the Apollo-Soyuz mission of 1975 that the two superpowers actually joined forces in exploration. However, on the drawing board were plans to combine America's giant Skylab space station with Russia's Salyut station...in effect building an international space station well before the “International Space Station.”

www.wired.com...

I think it's fascinating to imagine a time back when America had an archenemy, one with a face and a name...yet one with whom they shared so much. The same zeal for discovery, science, and a genuine-if misguided belief, that they were the sole bright light of reason on the planet.

Of course I don't miss the fear and paranoia of ever present nuclear destruction, nor the exploitation of their people for the gain of war mongers and profiteers.

In the 21st century the bastards don't even try to hide the fact they're out to get every penny. They collude to destroy our educational systems, they engineer wars that will never end in order to practically enslave the great unlearned masses, and they shove pseudoscience down their throats to cheat them of even an ounce of critical thinking.

Once there was a great frontier-unlimited lightyears to be explored and conquered. The dreams were great, the deeds greater.

What do we have now? Phones that allow us to communicate everywhere and “reality” television to mock us with it's pure insipid banality.

I REFUSE to allow this to become the end game. I refuse to believe that this is all there is.

I will fight damn hard to create a better world. A world that the visionaries showed us. A world that John Kennedy could have led us to:

“Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.”


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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 12:48 AM
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I had to google to be sure but I thought the quote sounded very JFK like and it is.

I think "we" never really got past Nixon somehow. Drug policies, health policies, policy policies... I also think he effectively took control of the FBI whereas before his death, Hoover was boss and Hoover only helped the presidents when he had to or it was to his benefit from the little I have seen on the subject.

A nicely worded post btw.


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posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 12:55 AM
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now imagine the entire worlds war budgets was put into the space programs. USA could have pumped in over 1 trillion alone over the last decade..



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 01:36 AM
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Sure but let's get access for all to food, water, good quality housing and a meaningful existence on earth before we bring our much needed money and resources to the universe.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 02:28 AM
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Look up Neil Degrasse Tysons speech promoting his book. Its an hour and a half but well worth it.

He has it nailed. In human history we've only ever pushed the boundaries as part of competition between nations or for a profit motive.

Kennedy went to space because of the Russians. No sputnik, no apollo. Vision had nothing to do with it. We stopped when the Russians stopped competing. If they had gone to Mars so would we.

Waiting for a visionary to lead the new expansion will never pay off because the cheques have never been written for that reason. We need to structure international law to make prospecting and property ownership possible or we need a cold war between big power blocks.

Otherwise we are going nowhere.



posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 10:50 AM
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Or we could build vast new industries to bring vast new resources back to our planet. One good sized nickel iron asteroid could yield more iron than has ever been mined ever. The industries we build to collect and exploit these resources would employ millions with high paying skilled labor. This actually productive (not consumptive) labor force would form a strong foundation that the rest of the revitalized economy could build upon.

That is the dream anyways



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