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20 July 2009 @ 09:06 pm
Forty Years Ago: One Small Step  
Forty years ago tonight, two men walked on the Moon.

Think about that.

People. Fellas with whom you might have gone to school. Buddies from the service. One of those pilot fellas from down the street who was always buzzing the neighborhood.

They went to the Moon.

They went, and I think that's awesome. I'm insanely jealous, because I want to go, too. Here in the US, we're at a bit of a crossroads as far as space exploration is concerned.

What do you folks think?

Poll #1432613 Man on the Moon: Forty Years Later

Manned spaceflight: do you think it should continue?

Yes, absolutely!
4(100.0%)
Yes, with caveats.
0(0.0%)
I'm not sure.
0(0.0%)
No, with caveats.
0(0.0%)
No, absolutely not!
0(0.0%)

Do you believe unmanned spaceflight should continue?

Yes, absolutely!
4(100.0%)
Yes, with caveats.
0(0.0%)
I'm not sure.
0(0.0%)
No, with caveats.
0(0.0%)
No, absolutely not!
0(0.0%)

What about mixing the two?

All manned, no unmanned... we should do it ourselves!
0(0.0%)
Mostly manned, some unmanned.
1(33.3%)
50/50 split, manned & unmanned.
1(33.3%)
Mostly unmanned, some manned.
1(33.3%)
All unmanned, no manned... it makes more sense!
0(0.0%)

Where should we be setting our sights?

Mercury
0(0.0%)
Venus
0(0.0%)
Earth
0(0.0%)
the Moon
0(0.0%)
Mars
1(25.0%)
large asteroids, like Ceres
0(0.0%)
the moons of Jupiter
0(0.0%)
the moons of Saturn
0(0.0%)
the moons of Uranus
0(0.0%)
the moons of Neptune
0(0.0%)
Pluto/Charon
0(0.0%)
other Kuiper Belt or trans-Neptunian objects
0(0.0%)
Alpha Centauri
0(0.0%)
Vega
0(0.0%)
other
0(0.0%)
 
 
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pochekailovpochekailov on January 14th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
About the third question: it is asked incorrectly.
There are tasks where unmanned expeditions are preferable or even necessary. And there are also tasks in which people should participate directly.

I think, at first unmanned flight should collect basic information, and than human can fly there to perfoem more complicated tasks.

Also, what about the building colonies directly in space, using the minerals from the small asteroids?