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Old Jan 6th, 2012, 06:10 PM   #21
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The billions spent during the Gemini and Apollo (and later programs) advanced our understanding of space, our technology, and fueled the domestic economy. Not only did they help with modern aircraft design, but sensors, fuels, and other crucial (and life-saving) technologies that paved the way for future generations.
That was then. Yes a great many things were developed because nothing like it had every been considered. It was a huge leap forward in science and technology.

Times have changed. We already have velcro, pens that write in zero gee and juice in a box. Sure there are still incremental developments in engineering and computer technology because of space research, but most of that comes from satellite building and robotic missions. I don't see how sticking a couple people in a can and firing them at the moon will provide another giant leap for mankind.

I'm fascinated by space and at some point I'd love to see us land on every planet and moon in the solar system we can. But when I see lineups at food banks, ecosystems failing, and countries circling the financial drain, I do question spending billions on returning to the moon.
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"Let us redefine progress to mean that just because we can do a thing, it does not necessarily mean we must do that thing." Hmmmm 50 points to the first one who correctly pegs where this quote is from!
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Um; I guess my avatar pic there killed that one.... But um no. Gorkon went on about the Undiscovered country.. keep guessing...
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Sorry, it was the Federation President at Khitomer. Sorry got excited
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Moon base Alpha...that's where all the elites will escape to when the sh*t hits the fan down here on earth...
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Better be filled with green fuel, eh!
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Better be filled with green fuel, eh!
Nope--this thing blows dust all over the place, and runs on coal tar.
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