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Space Colonies: From Science Fiction to Reality

stuntddude replied...
Jul. 21, 2013 at 10:11 am

"We evolved on earth, therefore, we can only survive on earth."
7/8 of the Earth's surface, if I drop you butt naked, you're dead in ten minutes. And yet we manage to occupy these areas because we are technologically advanced. You could make the same argument that because we only evolved to live in certain biomes, we should never leave those biomes to go live in, say, the mountains or the desert or at sea. And yet, you'd be imperically proven wrong because we have done those things.
"Why don't we worry about improving the quality of life here before we decide to take to outer space?"
Because taking to outer space will dramatically improve the quality of life here on Earth. I suggest you take the mere 10 minutes out of your day to watch these two videos:
ht tp://youtu.be/CbIZU8cQWXc
ht tp://youtu.be/BFO2usVjfQc
And then try to tell me that space exploration does not benefit us here on Earth.

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stuntddude replied...
Jul. 21, 2013 at 10:15 am

"Remember that most of our greatest exploratory achievemnts to date were because of the Cold War"
And now remember the I.S.S. It has already improved international relations.

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thekidwithafear replied...
Aug. 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Space exploration is one of my favorite topics. As it was said before, most of the advances realized by the space agencies and researchers were made in the time of the Cold War, but the actual work of scientists and engineers can be pretty independent from the desires and will of the governments. However, space travels are still expensive and the whole cost of this enterprise -the colonization of a satellite or a planet- is the main problem. Also, the social implications. Many people think that extraterrestrial exploration is made because of the degradation and destruction of our own planet. We can't imagine space colonization if we aren't prepared to face all the problems that we could have in our new planet, or in the previous one. Ray Bradbury can be very illustrative and useful in this topic, even if his work is considered, until today, like science fiction.

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CollinF replied...
Aug. 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Amazing videos, stuntdude.
I think we finally found something we agree on 100%. :)

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NerdFighter337 replied...
Feb. 7, 2014 at 10:40 pm

This is what I want to do! I had no idea other people were already on their way! I wish I could sign up.

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IMSteel replied...
Mar. 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

Colonizing other planets is certainly a powerful concept, though there are many barriers between us and the stars. It's the sheer distance between us and even the closest planets that is the biggest problem. A scientist specializing in this area...I forget his name, has said: "it's Mars or nowhere." And even getting to Mars is almost impossible. My apologies if I sound rather bleak about this whole subject.

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stuntddude replied...
Mar. 29, 2014 at 6:18 am

It's certainly a challenge, but there's not reason to believe we couldn't do it! Always keep in mind that it was more of a challenge to reach the moon in 1960 that it has been to reach mars at any point in the past two decades. And we reached the moon really fast! The problem is since then the NASA budget has plummeted to some less than 4/10 of a penny on a tax dollar, so the most we've been able to get to Mars is a couple rovers.

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Caesar123 replied...
Apr. 19, 2014 at 1:21 am

Great topic! I think there’s a good portion of humanity that’d like to at least visit the stars, if not commit to living entirely amongst them. A lot of good points have already been hit on, such as using colonies as an outlet for those crowded by overpopulation, and the potentially very lucrative resources that could be drawn from these places. I for one am all for space travel and space colonization. Problem is NASA doesn’t seem to have done anything in that vein since Apollo shutdown. Just unmanned probe after unmanned probe. Truth be told, NASA’s going to need more funding if we even want a chance at some kind of “moon colony” especially set up and running in only twenty years. Also, I wouldn’t be too quick to give up on the private sector. You realize that a lot of such companies are startups, and launching stuff off the planet isn’t cheap. Sure, they haven’t made tons of gains, but they’re still in a growing stage. Give them some more time, enough of it at least to catch up to the bigger, state run space agencies, and maybe we’ll see something.

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