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Pieter

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is it a waste of money?
should it get more funding?

imho, they should pour a lot more money into it at the expense of social programs and military spending.

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zcf

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I think in long run, we need that, if we want to explore rhe universe (not in our generation though).
I won't mind using most of the military spending on it though, as more military spending usually just make this world, (but some of the advance in military service is necessary though, like internet was originated from military also)

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annika

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quote:
Originally posted by zcf:
I think in long run, we need that, if we want to explore rhe universe (not in our generation though).



Oh dear, visions of Star Trek spring to mind...

To me, space program is a good thing - I'm thinking along the lines of finding life on other planets, finding how other planets evolved to learn more about ourselves and finding other potential worlds to inhabit should we one day destroy ourselves (now visions of Armageddon and Deep Impact spring to mind...I think I should stop watching so many movies...)

IMHO, money is better spent on the space program than on an arms race.

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Pieter

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well it's no fun if we all agree

but what's more important - space programs or social programs?

if, hypothetically, we had a $100 billion surplus, do we make more homeless shelters or send more probes into space?

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annika

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quote:
Originally posted by Pieter:
well it's no fun if we all agree
but what's more important - space programs or social programs?
if, hypothetically, we had a $100 billion surplus, do we make more homeless shelters or send more probes into space?



Space programs. I'd rather think of the good of the future generations than squander on the lost present generation.

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cmeng

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quote:
Originally posted by Pieter:
....what's more important - space programs or social programs?
.....



Look at the world population record for the passed 50 years and the projected population after 50 years, I suppose both are equally importance.


2050 9.10 billions (Projected)

Countries Ranked by Population: 2001
--------------------------------------------------------
Rank Country Population
--------------------------------------------------------
1 China 1,273,111,290
2 India 1,029,991,145
3 United States 278,058,881
4 Indonesia 228,437,870
5 Brazil 174,468,575
6 Russia 145,470,197
7 Pakistan 144,616,639
8 Bangladesh 131,269,860
9 Japan 126,771,662
10 Nigeria 126,635,626
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Note: Data updated 05-10-2000.

2000 6.08 billions

1990 5.28 billions

1980 4.45 billions

1970 3.70 billions

1950 2.55 billions

Source: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/worldpop.html

And look at Indonesia, their well being is really importance to us.

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Protector

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That shows that the earth is already overpopulated, and we should start exploring space to find new planets to pollute and destroy..ahem..I mean inhabitate them all



quote:
Originally posted by cmeng:
Look at the world population record for the passed 50 years and the projected population after 50 years, I suppose both are equally importance.

2050 9.10 billions (Projected)
Countries Ranked by Population: 2001
--------------------------------------------------------
Rank Country Population
--------------------------------------------------------
1 China 1,273,111,290
2 India 1,029,991,145
3 United States 278,058,881
4 Indonesia 228,437,870
5 Brazil 174,468,575
6 Russia 145,470,197
7 Pakistan 144,616,639
8 Bangladesh 131,269,860
9 Japan 126,771,662
10 Nigeria 126,635,626
--------------------------------------------------------
Note: Data updated 05-10-2000.
2000 6.08 billions
1990 5.28 billions
1980 4.45 billions
1970 3.70 billions
1950 2.55 billions
Source: http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/worldpop.html
And look at Indonesia, their well being is really importance to us.


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Computer

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quote:
Originally posted by Protector:
That shows that the earth is already overpopulated, and we should start exploring space to find new planets to pollute and destroy..ahem..I mean inhabitate them all




"human beings" act like virus

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Protector

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Yeh man..just look at how we MULTIPLY

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Originally posted by Computer:
"human beings" act like virus

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KrazyKarl

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In my opinion, we should spend on the space program, not nessecarily on probes, but possibly putting a colony on the moon, mars, or floating aroud in orbit.

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[Hope]

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i somehow think that the space program's progress has been slowed down a lot. There doesnt seem to be any major developments in these few years?

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KrazyKarl

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The next big mile stone we need to reach as a civilization is to put poeple on mars, in my opinion, sending poeple to mars should be a top priority...even if they dont come back(ie colony), because getting there is the easy part its the back part that causes problems.
And on the social side of things we could create a better society on the red planet, and then have something to model earth after

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