posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 01:35 AM
Originally posted by samkent
reply to post by MarioOnTheFly
Imagine a scenario...a hypo one....good ol' US establishes a moon base, and after 20 years of research they discover huge deposits of oil, gold,
whatever...take your pick.
Ok I have.
Scenario: We know there are gold bars stacked in piles waiting for us to collect with no strings attached by ET.
How much would it cost us to rerun Apollo and pile the bars in place of the rocks and return to Earth?
Do the math.
It would cost far more than the gold is worth.
Apollo 841 lbs.
Returned value $22.8 million
edit on 5-12-2012 by samkent because: gold calculation
I'm not disputing the calculus, but we keep going in circles. You keep banging up the numbers, and I say...that's the problem in the first place.
Here...if NASA or any other space agency would provide me with food and logging, I would devote my life to space exploration for free. Sure I'm not a
space engineer, but I could become one if educated. There are many people around the world working on things for free, because it is their passion.
Many people do humanitarian work for free. And I'm not talking about rich people. The cost you speak of is really only a fiction of the society.
Nothing is costly if we work openly together. If there is passion for it. As a member before me said...The Earth provides all the necessary resources
for free. All that is needed is a will to do it.
If we weren't thinking about the cost all the time...I claim we would be further advanced tech wise than we are today. Although, money is a driving
force behind the progress, it is also a deterrent of progress.