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Do you think making human kind multi-planetary is irrelevant?
Spacex is a private (none-public) company founded with the sole purpose of eventually achieving that goal. You should read up on Elon Musk. This guy is the real deal!
- Let's not create idols by saying things like "he's the real deal, the visionary, the invenTOR!" Silicon Valley loves to create super-heros like Jobs or him.Beeswax
- Not that he's not doing some amazing things but this exaltation culture, this "we need a hero" mentality breaks things in the name of science and fairness.Beeswax
- He's a business-man after all but carrying a great responsibilty. Do we really know that he's pushing things for the sake of science or billion dollar contractsBeeswax
- His responsibility begins with that decision and just like we have to remind our politicians their designated priority we have to remind these people certainBeeswax
- things too. That can start by not worshipping them.Beeswax
- Lol @ science and fairness. It's just not fair! Waaaaa, cry me a river.Hayoth
- What's wrong with heros, ppl love heros. He's as close as Tony Stark as you can get.Maaku
- Well Beeswax, so what if it's for billion dollar contracts? Government research is dead. NASA is a shell of it's former glory. It has to get done.ETM
- And if you followed Musk's history, you'd obviously see he cares more for the idea than cash flow or he would have folded Tesla long ago...ETM
- ... and not given away the hyper loop, or thrown so much money at Solar City.ETM
The question you asked about relevancy assumes we can make human kind a multi planetary thing. I don't think we can. Or at least I haven't seen any evidence to support such an idea. I doubt we could even find a habitable planet and send a small population to start over if our planet dies out. I think there is a greater chance of this rock getting hit by a meteor.
And spaceX is a private company backed by some really rich people. People who like money and likely see that by investing they can double there money when they get little fish to bite and the whale of the government.
And I have always been a fan of NASA. But I have never been convinced that it ever really had any real value to justify its cost. Of course if the gov is going to spend money its probably better used on NASA than some social welfare program. Less damage that way. The only values of it i see are militaristic defensive value, entertainment value, imaginative and fantasy value, nationalistic pride. But is that value really worth the dollars spent? Are those things good or bad? Technically there is no right or wrong answer to that question and the answers all depend on what it is you value, your reasons, and perspective.
It's why i think that question posed in the 60s still is relevant today. I still not entirely sure of the answer and still waiting, but i am leaning towards the latter. How would you answer it and explain the reasons for the answer?
- You would have said same thing about Christopher Columbus if you lived 500 yr agohotroddy
- Regarding LA times article - the gov't is is removing themselves and have private companies make a way to make $$.hotroddy
- we will become an interplanetary species once we figure out a way to make money from exploring our solar systemhotroddy
- I would rather it be by NASA but people cant justify costs.hotroddy
- Oh people can choose how they value the costs if you let them. That is capitalism.deathboy
- And id only call columbus crazy if i believed the earth was flat. But back than im sure no one even knew who he was. And most we are taught about him isnt thedeathboy
- whole truth. He went out knowing the earth wasnt flat. And a motivation of god gold and glory. The real relevance with the tale is what he did when encounteringdeathboy
- new people. And what he did as an example of a poor mindset to have.deathboy
- i don't think we have to worry about encountering new people. but i would welcome it.hotroddy
- for me it's about exploring, building new technology, adapting to new environments, learning and growinghotroddy
- and the root of it is science whether it be for caplitalist reasons or gov't endorsed.hotroddy
- i share the same sentiment. but outside that sentiment im not sure its practical or correct. its like a fleeting romance. so i maintain both dispositionsdeathboy
I do not think that a small likelihood of success, makes it less relevant. If something is important enough you try. The same goes with goverment subsidies. We should support important task (environment & research)
On the question of worth, I will let Carl Sagan answer. Perhaps you are asking the wrong question.
- and who deems what important? a few elite people? But nice to see you recognize the unlikeliness of it. What would make it relevant?deathboy
- What is the value of reaching for something that is most likely unattainable to you? Is this your inspirational poster of hope?deathboy
- If we are not able to ask skeptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then, we are up fdeathboy
- or grabs for the next charlatan (political or religious) who comes rambling along.” - carl sagandeathboy
- I'd put my faith in well educated, "elite" people before I'd trust some mass mentality that can be swayed with a cheap ad campaign.formed
- We have Trump and the Kardashian's for Christ's sake!formed
- Personally, I do believe that money should go to a better future. Perhaps I won't live to see the roi, but someone will and that's worth something to me.formed
- I am tired of the "me, me, me" attitude, God forbid our tax dollars actually go to helping everyone.formed
- that video was awesomesofakingback
Rocket falls -- buy stocks
Rocket flies -- sell stocks
Now that's a BIG FUCKING ROCKET.
did you guys ever notice that if you say "SpaceX" it sounds a lot like "Space-Sex"?
Poor Musk - most of the questions he was asked at the end were mindless, marketing, shite or drivel - and why did 70% of the questioners sound stoned?!
Would've been cool if Bezos had joined him on stage at the end.
First they should learn how to send off and land their rockets.
^ So much YES!
I wonder how many viewers realized it was a 3D render. Most people after watching that video are like "FUCK YEAH! Mars here we come!" pffffftttt.....
- Reminds me of total recallHayoth
- "the crowd goes nuts"utopian
- Interesting the ship is cigar shape...like all the old UFO sitings.why can't the booster parachute?Hayoth
- bc there is no atmosphere to grab on tohotroddy
- slow down there chief. we ruined enough planets alreadyMilan
- ^here comes negative environment Nancy, begging to bring all humanity to 3rd world status to protect earthHayoth