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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:21 AM
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3. It seems unlikely that any such thing will happen.
We can't even manage to maintain a manned space flight program in the US. I don't see any hope for progress in space in the near future. It's so expensive a proposition that it's difficult to maintain support for it for the long period of time that would be required. Further, there are no known habitable environments that are accessible to us. In our own solar system, inhabiting any body other than Earth would require artificial support systems that, like all such systems, are sure to fail at some point, disastrously, no doubt.

Without a habitable place near enough to this planet for us to travel, all colonization projects are doomed to never happen. There just isn't the required popular support for such programs.
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  -Stephen Hawking: Colonize space, or else n2doc  Nov-21-11 09:57 AM   #0 
  - Where can I sign up?  sarcasmo   Nov-21-11 10:01 AM   #1 
  - It would be prudent to at least try to colonize the moon  Bosonic   Nov-21-11 10:02 AM   #2 
  - May not happen for a long time  Antifa919   Nov-23-11 09:06 PM   #28 
     - Moon is more near term  HopDavid   Dec-27-11 08:04 AM   #39 
  - It seems unlikely that any such thing will happen.  MineralMan   Nov-21-11 10:21 AM   #3 
  - Costs are not an actual constraint.  girl gone mad   Nov-21-11 05:33 PM   #14 
  - There is nothing worth taking here  jberryhill   Nov-21-11 10:44 AM   #4 
  - The problem is the depth of the gravity well, not the materials.  Sirveri   Nov-21-11 10:57 AM   #6 
  - protien and chlorophyll ?  sylveste   Nov-26-11 10:09 PM   #30 
  - We need a space elevator first.  tridim   Nov-21-11 10:51 AM   #5 
  - the solution to radiation is simple. Lead. Cheap orbital lift capacity is correct though.  Sirveri   Nov-21-11 11:05 AM   #8 
     - Lead is heavy, toxic, and not a good building material.  tridim   Nov-21-11 11:18 AM   #10 
        - water works too, though you need 12 times as much.  Sirveri   Nov-21-11 07:08 PM   #17 
  - we should not spread the human contagion to other planets!  Viva_La_Revolution   Nov-21-11 10:58 AM   #7 
  - If our ancestors had that attitude, we never would have left Africa.  baldguy   Nov-21-11 11:12 AM   #9 
     - did we leave africa because we'd trashed it and left it barren and toxic?  Viva_La_Revolution   Nov-21-11 04:15 PM   #13 
        - Have you ever seen what a herd of sheep will do to grazing land?  baldguy   Nov-21-11 06:02 PM   #16 
           - dark for humans maybe  Viva_La_Revolution   Nov-21-11 10:23 PM   #19 
              - What if an appreciable number of people leaving the planet reverses some of the damage?  Occulus   Nov-28-11 12:33 AM   #33 
  - Hawking has been saying that for some time now!  LongTomH   Nov-21-11 11:25 AM   #11 
  - At this stage of human development ...  GeorgeGist   Nov-21-11 03:02 PM   #12 
  - We may be the only conscious beings in the universe.  Jim__   Nov-21-11 05:43 PM   #15 
  - I see the misanthropists have popped up to post that humanity is a cancer.  Odin2005   Nov-21-11 09:29 PM   #18 
  - more like a parasite  Viva_La_Revolution   Nov-21-11 10:30 PM   #20 
     - I guess the only species in the universe that doesn't have a right to exist is humanity?  baldguy   Nov-22-11 07:23 AM   #23 
  - hes a smart fella alright but not as smart as he thinks he is  roman7   Nov-22-11 03:35 AM   #21 
  - You're basing this on...what?  laconicsax   Nov-22-11 03:49 AM   #22 
  - his flat statement that there is no god . he cant prove it .  roman7   Nov-24-11 01:36 PM   #29 
     - oh please, atheists have always been among the most intelligent in larger percentages  MarkCharles   Dec-01-11 03:24 PM   #36 
  - Pot Calling The Kettle Black, I Think  ProfessorGAC   Nov-23-11 07:45 AM   #25 
  - +1  Johonny   Nov-23-11 09:57 AM   #26 
  - Won't help much  FiveGoodMen   Nov-22-11 08:55 PM   #24 
  - Carl Sagan's answer to those who say: "We're not worthy!"  LongTomH   Nov-23-11 12:32 PM   #27 
  - Sagan wrote, "If there is life on Mars, I believe we should do nothing with Mars..."  bananas   Nov-30-11 07:30 AM   #35 
  - I figure space will be colonized by artificial beings...  hunter   Nov-26-11 11:15 PM   #31 
  - Atheist at Mass  Seagull6   Nov-27-11 08:58 PM   #32 
     - Probably lie to make her feel better and pretend there might be a god  FiveGoodMen   Nov-29-11 01:23 PM   #34 
     - Turn it around the other way..  Fumesucker   Dec-01-11 08:28 PM   #37 
  - Much as I respect Hawking, his take on evil aliens is simply silly  IDemo   Dec-01-11 08:41 PM   #38 

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