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  • We need to explore, but not at the current cost

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Thread: Space Exploration

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    Space Exploration

    I've seen different sides of this on several sites, threads and posts on here. Some think it's a worthy goal, others think it's a waste of money that could be better spent on more earthly projects.

    How does M4C feel about the budgets for NASA as well as the goals in our space programs?

    NASA budget typically runs $17-18 Billion and change.

    Budget of NASA - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Cut other budgets to supplement NASA's. Start with the NSA or a couple others that quickly come to mind.
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    Im still pissed that they cut constellation and the shuttle retirement. I am anxious to see Orion and the SLS fly though!

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    LBJ's War on Poverty and the free shit army ruined our once great space program.

    I'm all for space exploration and truly feel it's our species future since every habitable planet has an expiration date. However, we have much bigger problems going on in the world right now that we should be focused on.
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    We need more intel. So, more exploration is needed. But on a global scale, we can't foot the bill for everything needed.
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    My login should pretty well indicate my feelings. The future of mankind lies out there. To survive as a species, we need to explore the universe, to understand how it operates, to colonize other worlds. To do less is to waste the gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixit69 View Post
    We need more intel. So, more exploration is needed. But on a global scale, we can't foot the bill for everything needed.
    Which does bring up a valid tangent to the original questions.

    Can the private sector explore space cheaper and more efficiently than the government? Companies like Space-X, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, XCOR et al are all starting to move forward into the commercialization of space. Is the next logical step for them to start pushing the boundaries past where governments only previously had reign?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand58742 View Post
    Which does bring up a valid tangent to the original questions.

    Can the private sector explore space cheaper and more efficiently than the government? Companies like Space-X, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, XCOR et al are all starting to move forward into the commercialization of space. Is the next logical step for them to start pushing the boundaries past where governments only previously had reign?
    The privatization of space exploration IS the future. Being a science fiction geek at the least as taught me this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand58742 View Post
    Which does bring up a valid tangent to the original questions.

    Can the private sector explore space cheaper and more efficiently than the government? Companies like Space-X, Bigelow Aerospace, Virgin Galactic, XCOR et al are all starting to move forward into the commercialization of space. Is the next logical step for them to start pushing the boundaries past where governments only previously had reign?
    No. The risks are too high. No business, outside of a Weyland-Yutani-style corporation run by an eccentric billionaire (probably trillionaire, if we're honest) could afford the investment and justify the potential costs versus the potential benefits of space travel, especially given that many of them are simply unknown. Private enterprise will go into space, but it will only follow the lead of governments. As it did with Christopher Columbus, Magellan, Lewis & Clark, &c.

    Quote Originally Posted by Moose-Knuckle View Post
    The privatization of space exploration IS the future. Being a science fiction geek at the least as taught me this.
    Yup. Just a matter of when.
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    XCOR is supposed to be setting up shop next to me soon.

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