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01 April 2017


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That is one guy I would not bet against.


Oh the places my great grandsons will go. I do not see why his idea is impossible. As I said in a previous post go to the Wright Brothers Museum on the outer banks and then go to the Kennedy Space Center in Fla just to see how far we have come in a little over 100 years. It will amaze you.

On another note


interesting. X marks the spot


Entirely possible from the physics side w latest tech for materials science...space shuttle already does it at smaller scale....and constraints are not unlike evolution of aeronautics of jet engines.

The biggest challenge i expect will be social-psychological....the kind of people who will volunteer for such missions are imo the self reliant freedom loving variety...dont like to put up w a lot of BS!

r whitman

Will the next moonwalkers be Chinese??


A very appropiate posting for 1st of April...

Babak Makkinejad

The way things are going, your grandson will never be able to walk in the streets of Tehran or Isfahan, Lahore or Baghdad.


I hope to still be sentient when an astronaut finally takes the first steps on Mars. An appropriate memorial should be left on behalf of Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Asimov and all the other greats. And I hope that Kim Stanley Robinson is hale enough to encourage the start of going from Red to Blue Mars.


"Can it really be that in twenty years or so people will walk on the moon? "

They did so 48 years ago. It should not be a big problem to repeat that. So the answer is: In principle yes.

But then come other questions:

Why should they? And why would anyone (apart from some bored billionaires) pay for it? It has no commercial value whatsoever. If you want public money for this stuff you will have to answer those questions. People will look at the former missions and say "So what. Those did not bring anything but a fleeing bit of nationalistic pride. Onto Mars? For what? Why in manned missions with their exorbitant costs? Why should anyone sponsor such nonsense?"

Musk wants a million person city on Mars? What will they produce that is so valuable the the people on earth will pay for it?



Given the finances of Tesla and how he is pushing the limits of what is acceptable in accounting between his largely federally subsidized business ventures, shorting could make sense.

However, given a choice between crony capitalism bank subsidization and Space X subsidization, I support whole-heartedly Space X!

With great risks, can come great gains.....



20 years may be too soon for a large space colony. I question why Mars? Why not just orbiting stations at ever increasing distances? This will allow us to go further into space. We will need to develop the capability of self-sustainability at each station.

Voyager is already at the outer edge of our solar system. Maybe we can someday find some place with a similar environment to earth, or we can manipulate our DNA to be able to survive in other environments. And of course to become like a water bear and go into a tun state as we embark on a million light year journey.


The larger question is not technological but social. Will humans in space colonies behave like humans on earth?



I asked if men would walk on Mars in 20 years. pl



Yes. I meant Mars. pl


My great grandsons are ages 5 -7 -8. I would not want them anywhere near the ME. Children are really not safe there war or no war.

My youngest grand daughter is taking the test for a job as a policeman at the supreme Court in DC. She studied criminal justice in college. It was a choice between the capitol or the supreme court. I am glad it is the supreme court because I do not want her putting her life on the line for some fools who think hanging pictures of cops as pigs is the great.
My grand children are all grown up , I do not know how that happened as I am only 21 years old

Babak Makkinejad

Yup, so you prefer a fantasy of walking on a barren planet in comparison to which the Gobi Desert is hospitable to a walk in the Near East.

Man cannot escape from Himself and he is thoroughly and completely in the State of Fall.

Babak Makkinejad

What you pine for:


and what you are missing:


As the Supreme Rationalist stated:

"The only usefulthing to a human being is another human being." with which, you evidently disagree.

Allen Thomson

> Can it really be that in twenty years or so people will walk on Mars?

Given persistent will/motivation, large amounts of money, clear-eyed and competent management and a bit of luck, it certainly could happen. Will it? No sé -- the past isn't encouraging, but maybe we're seeing a break from that. I hope so.

Priam's Crazy Daughter

I remember that first moon landing. Many of the people in my grandparents' generation in our large ethnic group were sure that the government was pulling the wool over our eyes. They were sure it was just a staged event by the Hoolywood types.

MY dad's mother had a telephone. She would pick it up and listen if it rang, but she was sure it was just some sort of toy, or something. So, if my mother really had to tell her something, she would have to drive to her house to tell her in person.

Tjat gemeration had grown up with horse or oxen-powered farm equipment in the rural villages in Russia. They went through so many changes it was just too much for them to grasp--especially given their fundamental Christian beliefs at the time.

Our generation grew up first with Buck Rogers and then with the various Start Trek series and with Star Wars. I EXPECT that we will be a multi-planet species. I just wish I could live long enough to see it happen.

I've been waiting for the second season of the Mars series on Nat Geo. I recommend it.


The moon at least makes military sense. Being the high ground for Earth.


Hopefully not. The big Question of Mars is is there Life now. Having people muck around it would answering that question much harder.


You are correct, Sir.

I believe technologically it is possible for a Mars walk in 2 decades. The question is more financial and the allocation of resources.

Babak Makkinejad

Like I asked before, when would you be able to walk in Tehran?

Babak Makkinejad


Priam's Crazy Daughter

Many have predicted the end of the world and of mankind. I prefer to have hope that the best of mankind will survive and go on until....

It's up to God, And, yes, I do believe in God. And, no, I don't think "mankind" should be a word that triggers feminists.

Priam's Crazy Daughter

I believe that there were many really non-technological societies of humans who did not even know or notice the first landing on the moon. And just because those people existed and do exist, doesn't not mean we have to stop dreaming.

I leave all those morals issues that drive some crazy: How can I be happy while I live in relative affluence while so many are living in fear or poverty or under terrible oppression.

I got over that thinking because I can put the world in God's capable hands and know He has a plan.


It will take a different manner of men than the ones were are graduating from the snowflake preserves we call colleges nowadays.

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