We don’t have the money to put humans on Mars – NASA

Knyro

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What is the benefit of putting people on mars?
This right here is why NASA doesn't have money.

They continually have to justify their existence to tax payers who want immediate tangible benefits.
 

Garson007

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This right here is why NASA doesn't have money.

They continually have to justify their existence to tax payers who want immediate tangible benefits.
Securing the imagination and pride of millions of Americans is apparently not something the government should be doing. :whistling:
 

ponder

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This right here is why NASA doesn't have money.

They continually have to justify their existence to tax payers who want immediate tangible benefits.
People don't realise that the list of spin-offs beneficial to society is way longer than their Johnsons. Really sad state off affairs.
 

etienne_marais

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All for it, but first use the astronomical funds to secure wildlife preservation, clean air, pollution clean-up etc. back home. While we are at it, stabilize countries with infrastructure and education instead of patronage that often ends up in wrong hands or simply temporarily solve hunger without addressing cause. The knock-on effect may just be lower population growth as people tend to have fewer children in relation to economic prosperity and education which in turn have a stabilizing effect with global financial growth allowing the next steps in scientific advances, cooperation and space exploration.
 

kolaval

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Won't happen.
But it's sad, it would be interesting to see how people cope on Mars
 

Arthur

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Ultimately, the reasons are not so much utilitarian, justified by a list of tech benefits. They are deeper than that. More to do with the sheer vigour and exuberant drang of the human spirit to explore and know and dream and act. For much the same sorts of reasons we write symphonies, build kilometer-high buildings, and climb Everest. Any purely utilitarian justification can't explain them, and yet we do those things... because they're there, and we can.

We thrive in the face of challenge, and a project of this scale can grip the imagination and help us rise from the bickering torpor into which we seem to have fallen.

I think it will eventually happen.

Perhaps our first true interplanetary travel will come from a more united earth, a joint endeavour driven by not just one but several or all of the major powers.
 
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evilstebunny

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All for it, but first use the astronomical funds to secure wildlife preservation, clean air, pollution clean-up etc. back home. While we are at it, stabilize countries with infrastructure and education instead of patronage that often ends up in wrong hands or simply temporarily solve hunger without addressing cause. The knock-on effect may just be lower population growth as people tend to have fewer children in relation to economic prosperity and education which in turn have a stabilizing effect with global financial growth allowing the next steps in scientific advances, cooperation and space exploration.
Infrastructure or even all the money in the works doesn't help when you've got an idiot in control, how you planning to get rid of all the Zoomas?

And people still believe NASA put a man on the moon, bean counters simply cannot science..
 
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