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NdG-T has expanded on that. Space "frontiers" aren't profit centers. They are, in his use of the term, exploratory. Near-earth can turn a profit. Deep space may but usually not quickly. With Musk we have an aberration where a guy with lots of money doesn't mind spending it even when he suspects he won't make it back.

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NdG-T has expanded on that. Space "frontiers" aren't profit centers. They are, in his use of the term, exploratory. Near-earth can turn a profit. Deep space may but usually not quickly. With Musk we have an aberration where a guy with lots of money doesn't mind spending it even when he suspects he won't make it back.
He's already planning on mining asteroids.

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I hear the Wright Bros. said a lot of stupid things, too. Seems to have worked out for them.

I guess it really comes down to how close-minded the listeners are.
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Smart People Saying Dumb Things.

I always get a kick out of the "scientists" who religiously claim that we can't go to the stars, because they are too far away. To me that is like saying that because we can't walk to China in a day, we can't walk to the supermarket.

Okay, we do not have a Warp Drive yet, but I was at the U.S. Space Conference (held at Colorado Springs, CO) when Dr. Edward Teller handed us our marching orders. He presented to us a valid star-drive engine design, the COTS nuclear reactor to power it, and assorted proven details for the craft. Due to long-term heating, the first ships would have to be robot probes, and he challenged the intellects of Earth to solve "that little problem" for us. Bottom line, the first ship could get to the Centauri star group in about twenty years, with radio telemetry coming back five years later. We could do this, decades ago. I could have made the trip AND returned in my lifetime, except for the heat problem.

We got up and gave that man a standing ovation.

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I always get a kick out of the "scientists" who religiously claim that we can't go to the stars, because they are too far away. To me that is like saying that because we can't walk to China in a day, we can't walk to the supermarket.

Okay, we do not have a Warp Drive yet, but I was at the U.S. Space Conference (held at Colorado Springs, CO) when Dr. Edward Teller handed us our marching orders. He presented to us a valid star-drive engine design, the COTS nuclear reactor to power it, and assorted proven details for the craft. Due to long-term heating, the first ships would have to be robot probes, and he challenged the intellects of Earth to solve "that little problem" for us. Bottom line, the first ship could get to the Centauri star group in about twenty years, with radio telemetry coming back five years later. We could do this, decades ago. I could have made the trip AND returned in my lifetime, except for the heat problem.

We got up and gave that man a standing ovation.
Which reminds me about the truism.

As quickly as technology changes, the first deep space explorers could very likely arrive at their destination with those who left after they did waiting for them. That doesn't mean those first explorers shouldn't set out. Waiting to do something because you want to see the next new thing means you never act because the next new thing will be on the heels of the one you waited for. Go. Do. Learn during the trip. Report back and expand our knowledge while on the way.
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"I could have made the trip AND returned in my lifetime, except for the heat problem."
Oh yeah, THAT little detail.
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It looks like Miguel Alcubierre has a workable warp drive if he can power it.

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I always get a kick out of the "scientists" who religiously claim that we can't go to the stars, because they are too far away. To me that is like saying that because we can't walk to China in a day, we can't walk to the supermarket.

Okay, we do not have a Warp Drive yet, but I was at the U.S. Space Conference (held at Colorado Springs, CO) when Dr. Edward Teller handed us our marching orders. He presented to us a valid star-drive engine design, the COTS nuclear reactor to power it, and assorted proven details for the craft. Due to long-term heating, the first ships would have to be robot probes, and he challenged the intellects of Earth to solve "that little problem" for us. Bottom line, the first ship could get to the Centauri star group in about twenty years, with radio telemetry coming back five years later. We could do this, decades ago. I could have made the trip AND returned in my lifetime, except for the heat problem.

We got up and gave that man a standing ovation.
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