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New Space Race: Pros & Cons

03-Sep-07 01:36 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

What this "spurning" by NASA entailed, we’ll probably never know.  But it’s not hard to speculate that NASA might find another space race with its old cold-war adversary useful.  What’s not useful is the inevitable adversarial attitude that occurs politically being exacerbated by a new space race.  So – is a space race good or bad?

Overall, I think we should probably be spending appreciably on extraterrestrial research because, overall, there appears to be plenty of evidence that the technological advances which result invariably imrpove the condition of humanity, and our understanding of the universe.  Too often, politicians come along and dogged by those who think the world’s problems will be solved organically by kind-hearted human beings spending on feeding the poor and healing the world’s sick with the technology we’ve managed to amass already, cut spacefaring budgets year after year.  As any NASA administrator since the Apollo missions will tell you – it’s an uphill battle, filled with pyrric victories to get any funding at all for space exploration as it is.

A space race can help solve that problem.  Unfortunately, harnessing the nationalism and fears of a few million Americans will help get Orion launched and a moon-based settled.  It would be preferably that human beings were more naturally curious about their universe – enough to have the vision to see the benefits of space exploration on its own merit.  But it would also be nice if our civilization was a peace-loving sort so all those billiions (or is it trillions) being spent on weapons and defence were spent on healing the sick and feeding the hungry.  Sadly – that’s not what humanity is about, so in a select few cases there’s but one inevitable conclusion: the ends can justify the means.

The lessons learned and other achievements made getting to Mars can help solve these other problems and perhaps contribute to peace by giving us a perspective that’s larger than our own little world.  At least that’s the hope – and why should that hope by any more or less valid than that for peace on earth, feeding the hungry or healing the sick in any case?

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  2. 02-May-13 02:48 pm EDT at 02:48 pm EDT

    Reblogged this on The Ross Report and commented:

    I have to disagree with myself it looks like. (Maybe that doesn’t happen often enough!) But only recently has the “big picture” being pursued by the Obama administration started to become evident. And, I hate to admit it; it might not have gone so well if details of what must surely have been a deliberate strategy been announced at the beginning: let the private sector pave the way to space exploration.

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  3. Melanie
    17-Dec-09 11:54 pm EDT at 11:54 pm EDT

    hi i just wanted to be the first to add a comment: )

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