Quantum Apostrophe: WippitGuud: For extra credit, compare the cost-per-seat of Soyuz to the cost-per-seat when the DragonRider variant of DragonX is operational.OK, as soon as you tell me why we need this. Without resorting to circular reasoning, and maybe answering these simple questions:[img.fark.net image 850x89]How does going to point A help anything at all?Assume Dragon X is free. Now what?PS: "d" is the Moon. Let that sink in for a while.way south: People quickly realize that the lack of expansion means the loss of opportunity and growth.That has only been the social model for a few centuries. It will change. It will have to. We can live perfectly happy lives without the constant goading of cancerous growth for growth's sake. Children eventually stop growing. So will we. Children also eventually die. So will the human race.Unless you want to learn how matter becomes life and how to monkey with that? Hm?Nations that don't explore are doomed.That makes no sense whatsoever, but the usual doom and gloom and darkly gothic romantic end-of-the-world angst is noted.Myria: way south: My belief is that it serves our social need to explore.Nations that don't explore are doomed. People quickly realize that the lack of expansion means the loss of opportunity and growth. They stop investing and creating, preparing for the inevitable collapse or moving to greener pastures.Here's the problem: we're not going anywhere for the next hundred years, if ever. We as humans need to learn to deal with this reality -- failure to adapt will break us.No one wants to confront that reality. This space nonsense is the last gasp of our current social paradigm. Like the Pyramids, this will stand as a monument to ego.It will also be completely ignored by future generations, or at best just be part of the background while the human race makes new arrangements right here.No one is going anywhere. It's over. Finished. The limits of materials and energy sources make it so. No amount of ...
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