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Old July 7 2013, 12:56 AM   #19
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Re: The only reason to have a Starfleet Academy...

Captain Nebula wrote: View Post
Even now, we don't go to another planet without sending a robot/machine first to recon.
That's the current limit of our technical and financial resources. Sending humans on similarly long missions would be prohibitively expensive. (Humans also like to be returned after the mission.)

While robotic or projected avatars would be safer, the Federation also has diplomatic considerations. Would you trust a people who won't come down and shake your tentacle in person?
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