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Old 12-13-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Waiting 100 years to go ensures we will never make it there. Sure, then it will be cheaper and less risky...but progress is incremental. If we never make an effort, we'll never be able to build on the backs of those earlier efforts. I believe our attempts in the next couple decades will determine whether or not we have a presence throughout the solar system by the end of the century. We gotta make mistakes to learn from them.
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:06 PM
 
Location: US Empire, Pac NW
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Waiting 100 years to go ensures we will never make it there. Sure, then it will be cheaper and less risky...but progress is incremental. If we never make an effort, we'll never be able to build on the backs of those earlier efforts. I believe our attempts in the next couple decades will determine whether or not we have a presence throughout the solar system by the end of the century. We gotta make mistakes to learn from them.
This is probably the best post in this thread.

People forget that advances in other fields which enable this exploration typically aren't funded to do exactly that. Sure, we can have really great consumer goods and GPS driven cars, but none of those beget the design and manufacture of new propulsion systems needed to propel us faster, or of the life support systems needed, or the necessary power density, etc.

I think you all see my point.

Waiting until it is cheaper is a failed proposition because without the necessary initial funding to make it more efficient and better and to chart out the best way to do it, people won't ever do it and thus won't ever become cheaper. It took 50 years for the first private companies to go into space. While I doubt Mr. Musk's timeline is credible, I do hope the next 50 see us at least have private companies going to the moon.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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It currently costs more than $10,000 to put a pound of people or cargo into low earth orbit. I think we can do better. Why can't we make this a priority before we make plans to go to Mars?
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:56 PM
 
Location: The Valley of the Sun
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He sounds ambitious but unrealistic. Manned space trip to Mars in only 10-15 years?????
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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It currently costs more than $10,000 to put a pound of people or cargo into low earth orbit. I think we can do better. Why can't we make this a priority before we make plans to go to Mars?
What do you propose as a solution?
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:28 AM
 
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We have the technology, time table, man power and money to go to Mars. What are we waiting for?
Beats me.
Corporations will do it..
Hopefully, I'll contribute to that end.
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Old 01-18-2013, 09:24 PM
 
Location: Shreveport, LA
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Beats me.
Corporations will do it..
Hopefully, I'll contribute to that end.
Hopefully, I shall as well.
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Old 05-10-2021, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, NY
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Musk has about 18 months to make this happen.
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Old 05-12-2021, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Musk has about 18 months to make this happen.
Yeah it’s not happening. But Musk nearly always underestimates the actual time it will take to build things.
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Old 05-19-2021, 04:04 AM
 
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Publicity.

Take what we have and extrapolate it just enough to be plausible. But I need it to be him, alive, and answering the calls.
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