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Comment: What about unmanned Planetary Science? (Score 1) 125

by Squidlips (#48067737) Attached to: How President Nixon Saved/Wrecked the American Space Program
The linked article is stilted and brain dead. It did not discuss the real science at NASA, i.e. the unmanned robotic probes that have been so successful such as the Voyager and Mariner missions and Hubble. There was (and still is) almost no scientific returned from the manned spaceflight missions. Almost all the discoveries and science come from robotic missions. Yes in spite of that, the unmanned directorate had to (and still does) fight for its life as the manned missions people who run NASA are always trying to steal their funding. That is why Carl Sagan started the Planetary Society; to stop the poaching of funds my the manned spaceflight pork-masters.

Comment: Re:Cargo (Score 1) 549

by Squidlips (#48035307) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
Mine for what? There is almost nothing there. There are no plate tectonics or much in the way of hydrothermal deposits to concentrate minerals. Forget minerals such as copper or other metals except iron. There is no oil or coal or nitrates. You can have all the sulfur you want if you need sulfuric acid...

Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.