[ExI] future fizzle
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sat May 30 19:46:26 UTC 2009
On Sat, May 30, 2009 at 8:43 PM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> We stopped planning for a manned Mars mission when we realized we
> could accomplish a lot more for the same cost with unmanned missions.
> They're not as sexy as manned missions, but they're a lot smarter.
This is a nice rationalisation, but one which ramains at odd with the stated
plans of the main space agencies of the world.
And... accomplish what? In terms of engineering prowess, e.g., nobody would
deny that unmanned missions executed sofar are *way* less ambitious than
anything imagined during the Gemini-Apollo age, irrespective of the presence
of a crew or not...
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