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Steve K
Mon, Aug. 23rd, 2004 02:08 pm
Topic of the Week -- SPACE EXPLORATION

In the 1960's, the idea of space travel was used to inspire scientists and adventurers alike.  Once again, America's spirit was at work in trying to conquer the final frontier.  Eventually, interest started to decline and disasters like the shuttle explosions have dampened enthusiasm.  However, they are some interesting projects in the works that may revolutionize space travel within the next decade.
International Space Station
 - Joint cooperation between many nations, unique laboratory
Mission to Mars
 - President Bush has proposed having astronauts on Mars within the next 15 years
Spaceship One
 - The first privately funded craft to fly a suborbital path recently made history

The question: Is space travel worth pursuing?  Should we invest the necessary time and money in this venture?  Is it important to human development and exploration?  How should it be accomplished?  Should we push it to become more privatized?  What would you like to see happen with space travel?

As always, please respect the views of others and keep the acrimony to a minimum.  I encourage debate and ask people with divergent viewpoints to contribute.  Thanks!

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hellokitty138
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hellokitty138
Mon, Aug. 23rd, 2004 07:03 pm (UTC)

I don't have much of an opinion here, because I just don't know much about it. I have heard that there are experiments that can be conducted at 0 gravity that can't be done on Earth. That's really all I have. It's a lot of money, but I'd like to see a good list of pros and cons from someone who knows what they're talking about before I say whether or not it's worthwhile.


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