[ExI] Manned Spaceflight (Was: future fizzle)
nebathenemi at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Jun 1 11:24:23 UTC 2009
In addition to the list of reasons given previously for sending people to other planets, there's one reason you haven't brought up: setting up colonies away from Earth, so just in case the big existential risk we disregarded comes and wipes out Earth-based humans. Stephen Hawking is among the people suggesting that colonising other planets might be a good idea.
However, to make a working colony we need to explore the resources and figure out how a colony could support itself and then start sending people. As such, a manned mission is only a small part of the whole work needed for this to happen.
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