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Ashbless
post Jul 19 2006, 02:59 PM
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In a rare burst of effort this morning I was up and out of the house by 8 am. That gave me time to wait in the usual 30 minute line up (q?) for a cup of Tim coffee. Fort McMurray has nasty long wait times at the 2 Tim Hortons in town and not much else is open in a coffee shop way at that hour.

Anyway I read about the safe re-entry and landing of the space shuttle on monday. I also found a blog that one of the space station astronauts is adding to. Last is the cool bit of news on msn's page of a module that's meant as a starting block of an orbiting hotel. Open 2015 I think. How cool would the view out of that hotel room's window be?

Anyone else read/hear/think something interesting regarding us, species wise, eventually wandering off earth?


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post Jul 20 2006, 10:43 AM
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I think that, eventually, while the significance of our steps into space so far should not be underestimated, the orbital stations barely count as space travel.

Compared to the vast distances between ourselves and even our next closest star, the tiny jump into space is nearly insignificant. We might have escaped earth's gravity, at least enough to give the appearence of weightlessness, but we're still not out of the solar system.

It's easy to believe that humanity is doing incredible things, but on a cosmic scale we're still just a tiny bit beyond algae!


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post Jul 26 2006, 06:26 AM
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I was actually going to put something in my signature about this. But as much as I'd like to get off this planet I've got to ask, that, If we, as a race, can't handle the planet that we've been given. Then what makes us think we could handle another one?

We'd become a bit like the aliens in Independence day (in as much as using the resources and moving on)


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post Jul 27 2006, 10:08 PM
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I just want to rant about the complete lack of drive to push back the boundaries of space travel since the Soviet Union fell. Don't stop just because you don't have a rival to strive against. It is important on its own merits.

And don't get a big head and rest on our laurals at what we have achieved. Sure we have done something no other civilisation (that we know of) has done, we have left the constrains of the planet of creation. But at any moment our planet may die and I do not think the International Space Station can carry on the human race by itself....

Meh. I wish the UK had a bigger space budget. Lets cut back on John Prescotts luxuries, we could probably afford a Mars base or two with just that.


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