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So my question is, why are we not trying to build an outpost on the moon?  This to me seems like the clear next logical step.  It seems a lot of people are wanting to skip this step and go right to Mars and I think that's a costly mistake (both in therms of money and lives).

 

I think it's just the coolness factor. Manned space "exploration" has primarily been an exercise in national prestige. We've already been to the Moon and there's nothing cool about being the 13th person to land there.

 

Scientifically though, there's a lot of excellent reasons. Unfortunately, it's just too darn expensive to fund purely science missions to the Moon at the moment.



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well even from economical point of view it makes a lot of sense to create base here, as someone already pointed out most of the fuel used is taking off the earth. If someone get 'factory'on the moon which can produce fuel and maybe assable ships there it makes so much sense to build a base there...


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well even from economical point of view it makes a lot of sense to create base here, as someone already pointed out most of the fuel used is taking off the earth. If someone get 'factory'on the moon which can produce fuel and maybe assable ships there it makes so much sense to build a base there...

Moon has hardly appropriate resources even for rocket fuel let alone ship construction.

Never-mind lack of business case of going beyond earth orbit.



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The moon holds hundreds of billions of dollars of untapped resources.


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And it would take trillions to extract them while you can do it on earth for far less.

If there was profit in space mining people would be doing it right now.



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Yep, progress is expensive. Mars will cost us quadrillions, Titan...quintillions...and dont even get me started on colony ships!



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And it would take trillions to extract them while you can do it on earth for far less.

If there was profit in space mining people would be doing it right now.

 

 

Technology improves and becomes less expensive over time, so just because it seems like a profit losing endeavor today, does not mean it will stay that way tomorrow.

 

It also comes down to motivation. China had a massive fleet of ships a full century before the Age of Exploration that were superior to the caravel ships used by Columbus. But they saw no profit in it and had no need for more resources and land. The Europeans, on the other hand, were being squeezed out of the trade markets by powerful Muslim empires and were desperate to find ways to expand. They were willing to take greater risks. That is what you will need to see happen for a decent boost in the space age.



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Technology improves and becomes less expensive over time, so just because it seems like a profit losing endeavor today, does not mean it will stay that way tomorrow.

 

I'd agree if 'tomorrow' means 'not in our lifetimes'.

As is, we would need luck to even see asteroid mining happen.



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Earth Will Have Its Last Total Solar Eclipse in About 600 Million Years.



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Technology improves and becomes less expensive over time, so just because it seems like a profit losing endeavor today, does not mean it will stay that way tomorrow.

 

I'd agree if 'tomorrow' means 'not in our lifetimes'.

As is, we would need luck to even see asteroid mining happen.

 

 

I'm not willing to take that bet, given the fact I had to dial home with a rotary phone as a kid and now my phone can basically access all of human knowledge. If it becomes a priority it will move very quickly. 


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New catalyst for splitting water invented in Houston: https://phys.org/new...gen-oxygen.html
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Technically Jupiter doesn't orbit the sun: http://www.msn.com/e...-sun/ar-AApaGFf

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New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries.


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New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries.


that sounds too good
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And they can use the AC/DC song for the commercials

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New device can heal with a single touch, and even repair brain injuries.

Living in the age of science fiction.

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Assuming you're not in denial about Human-induced climate change:

 

Can poor air quality mask global warming's effects

 

Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't effect.



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that sounds too good

 
 

Living in the age of science fiction.


A few more details directly from the university:

 

Ohio State researchers develop regenerative medicine breakthrough.
 



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that sounds too good

 
 

Living in the age of science fiction.


A few more details directly from the university:

 

Ohio State researchers develop regenerative medicine breakthrough.
 

 

 

... Hmm... Maybe ten to fifteen years.



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http://spectrum.ieee...living-bacteria
 

Scientists have come up with two clever new ways to harness the programming power of DNA in living bacterial cells. In separate experiments published in Nature in July, researchers reported that they had successfully archived a movie and built a complex biological computer inside living E. coli cells.


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