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Americans change their mind: Majority
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Posted By: SurferLad, 7/12/2019 8:11:59 PM

Two planets in our galaxy are inhabited. One is Earth, where humans have made a mess of things for quite a few centuries. The other is Mars, which is totally inhabited by robots, driving, drilling, listening, sampling their way around that sandy wasteland. The desolation on Mars, they believe, might shed light on the origins of life on Earth. [Snip] There are new indications that humans — at least the American kind — are entering one of their irregular cycles of restless curiosity about space and the lethal mysteries that lurk there. We had one back

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Reply 1 - Posted by: JunkYardDog 7/12/2019 8:22:57 PM (No. 121939)
We could have had a more advanced space program if Obama hadn't interfered at NASA and made it an affirmative action hiring program-we had to hitch rides on Russian and French rockets while NASA whined about global warming. To get to Mars, we should have been concentrating on a lunar installation that would have made Mars access easier due to lower lunar gravity and less fuel consumption in achieving a trans-Mars trajectory. Mankind was, literally, held back from space exploration and innovation by Obama and his social justice reform BS. Thank the Democrats for this.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 7/12/2019 8:25:59 PM (No. 121942)
It will be interesting to do, but Mars will NEVER be anything like a habitable planet. The temps and air pressure are only slightly different than outer space. Still, going to another planet is a step that needs to be done.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jennie C. 7/12/2019 8:27:19 PM (No. 121945)
I would be absolutely thrilled, if the US would resume the manned space program. I think it's the best way to, not only project outward, but to reap all of the on-earth benefits of such research. I just don't think it will ever happen, sadly. From my favorite song about the moon landing: Here's a health to the ship's designers, and the welders of her seams, And all who man the radar-scan to watch our dawning dreams For all the unknown heroes, sing out to every shore: "What makes one step a giant leap is all the steps before!"
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Vesicant 7/12/2019 8:42:01 PM (No. 121949)
There's no point in going to both the Moon and Mars. The Moon makes far more sense as a spaceport and a base for exploiting the asteroid belt. Yes, Mars is closer to the belt, but there'd be so much effort just trying to live on and travel back and forth from Mars that it would suck up all the resources. First the Moon, then the asteroids (and maybe Europa), then the stars.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Kate318 7/12/2019 8:46:21 PM (No. 121954)
This is kind of a stupid article about a very exciting subject. I don’t believe for a second that the majority of Americans are just now changing their minds about manned flights to Mars. I think the media and the pollsters have suddenly discovered that there might be other people in the United States than the same tired, old, liberal naysayers they always poll. Go for it, NASA. Get ‘er done.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: caljeepgirl 7/12/2019 9:06:26 PM (No. 121962)
I couldn't even get past the first two sentences. "Two planets in our galaxy are inhabited." How does he know? "....humans have made a mess of things for quite a few centuries." That one should be fairly easy to refute.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Moritz55 7/12/2019 9:14:43 PM (No. 121965)
If we don’t go back to the moon and send astronauts to Mars, who else might do it, and what use might they make of it? There are political and economic reasons to do this purely apart from the scientific and propaganda value.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: nwcudagal 7/12/2019 9:17:14 PM (No. 121966)
A welcome distraction. MAGA
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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative 7/12/2019 9:51:57 PM (No. 121983)
Sure, let's spend more money on space...who's gonna pay for it? The Bank of China? The Fed manipulating the dollar's value downward by inflation? How about raising taxes...on the rich? Time to turn it over to private enterprise and keep government, from NASA to Space Command out of it.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Paper Straw 7/12/2019 10:15:16 PM (No. 121995)
I’m OK with it if I get to choose the first six to get shot up there.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 7/12/2019 10:17:40 PM (No. 121999)
Most people think that Mars is three turnpike exits past the moon. They have no idea that it takes years to get there and return. So exactly what is the value of their opinion?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: jalo1951 7/12/2019 10:18:57 PM (No. 122001)
I'm all for it if AOC, her cronies, and the angry lesbian and her cronies are on the first flight.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: chumley 7/12/2019 10:51:01 PM (No. 122012)
I volunteer to go. Just once in my life I want to be weightless.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: RenoVet68 7/12/2019 11:30:11 PM (No. 122015)
Suggest sending every demoRat congressional critter to mars, asap. Sheila Jackson Lee will be there to greet them.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Dodge Boy 7/13/2019 12:11:24 AM (No. 122031)
The Space Program has brought many new technologies to our households. That together with the intrigue of the solar system and beyond and new discoveries, I'm fully supportive of a manned mission.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Catherine 7/13/2019 4:41:54 AM (No. 122092)
I see no reason in the world to go to another planet or the moon. Even if we could make it habitable, we can't get along very well on this one, why drag another space body into the fray. I do suspect, however, there is more going on that we are not being told but still, the amount of money and lives, yes it will cost lives, it's not worth it to me. Keep the money here and improve live on earth.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Strike3 7/13/2019 6:46:17 AM (No. 122111)
First of all I don't believe the polling, most Americans could not find Mars on a candy bar wrapper. Although such a trip would be incredibly interesting and historical we need to settle the national debt problem before we start playing Star Trek and according to the Greenies we don't have enough fuel to drive to work for the next few years.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: franq 7/13/2019 8:00:03 AM (No. 122164)
Let a private company do it. This country already has bankruptcy-level debt. I watched the moon landing as a pre-teen. It was thrilling. I know many technological advances came through the space program. But that was a different time. The rules have changed.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: banal_resentive 7/13/2019 3:41:58 PM (No. 122582)
This may be contrarian to the spirit I sense here: go big or go home. Just sending a small team to camp out on Mars for 6 months won't accomplish much other than to spend lots of money and possibly get them killed. Okay, maybe they can dig up firm evidence of (past) Martian life. What we should have is a big (think ocean passenger liner) survey ship that can "park" around worlds of interest for months or years. And to do that economically would require a big resource extraction effort on the moon. So, the moon first...in a big way.
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