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Old November 18 2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

We have the technolgy to do it. Lets face it. If NASA can build a space shuttle that flies a million miles orbiting the earth and re use it and it lasted for over 30 years. We can build a car last 50 years over 2 million miles. We can build a car that can run without gas and uses no oil by running on solar and electric power that goes unlimited by solar during day driving and 500 miles per charge. We could build electric panels on major highways so cars could run as far where we want to go. We could even build an spacecraft that can take man to mars and the moon and back. We can colonize the moon. Why are we holding back? We should built these ideas.

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Old November 18 2014, 01:07 AM   #2
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Why the heck would you want to colonize the moon.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:11 AM   #3
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

Because it's next.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:18 AM   #4
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

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Why the heck would you want to colonize the moon.
Because Humanity needs to start exploring space. Cause if anything happens down on earth humans on the moon should prepare for the next step.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:22 AM   #5
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We have the technolgy to do it. Lets face it. If NASA can build a space shuttle that flies a million miles orbiting the earth and re use it and it lasted for over 30 years. We can build a car last 50 years over 2 million miles. We can build a car that can run without gas and uses no oil by running on solar and electric power that goes unlimited by solar during day driving and 500 miles per charge. We could build electric panels on major highways so cars could run as far where we want to go. We could even build an spacecraft that can take man to mars and the moon and back. We can colonize the moon. Why are we holding back? We should built these ideas.

Well cars can last over 50 years, and engines can last for hundreds of thousands of miles if maintened correctly.

As for what's holding us back, pick any number of issues on this planet that need we need to sort out.

Realestically speaking any manned missions beyond Orbital flight would have to be an International effort.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:33 AM   #6
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We gotta start advancing technology. Advance it far beyond computers. Like solar,wireless and satellite communications.
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Old November 18 2014, 02:05 AM   #7
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

Commewrcial viability in a capitalist system. We have to get past that idea first and foremost.
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Old November 18 2014, 04:38 AM   #8
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

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Commewrcial viability in a capitalist system. We have to get past that idea first and foremost.
Exactly! Unless it is profitable, widespread technological advances do not happen. Sadly, this is true.
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Old November 18 2014, 12:24 PM   #9
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Well either profitability or if it's politcally advantageous.
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Old November 18 2014, 12:41 PM   #10
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Why are we holding back? We should built these ideas.
Well, that's a nice idea. What are you doing?
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Old November 18 2014, 12:51 PM   #11
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Commewrcial viability in a capitalist system. We have to get past that idea first and foremost.
Exactly! Unless it is profitable, widespread technological advances do not happen. Sadly, this is true.
Why are we still driving cars powered by technology over 100 years old? Because that's what the car companies want.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:34 PM   #12
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^Well the Oil companies, a doubt a car company cares whether we buy a car powered by an internal combustion engine or an electric engine.
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Old November 18 2014, 01:40 PM   #13
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

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Why the heck would you want to colonize the moon.
Some people with mobility and other medical problems on Earth would find life easier in a 1/6th-gravity environment.

As others have said, it's the next (logical) step. We can't go from Earth to a Star Trek-like future (or whatever SF future is your ideal) without intermediate steps. Therefore, a Moon colony is logical.

Asking "why would you want to colonize the Moon" is akin to asking "why would you want to send humans off the planet anywhere, including orbiting in a shuttle or space station." In my opinion, of course.

Our planet is finite. Some day we will need to expand elsewhere.
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Old November 18 2014, 03:54 PM   #14
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Re: We could build anything if we put our minds into it.

I'll just address the spacecraft part. Step one: get funding. Get back to me when you've solved that.

Beyond that, the rest of this is just armchair engineering. To put it simply, space is hard. REALLY hard. I've been an aerospace engineer for the last 17 years, but mostly on aircraft programs. A couple years ago I got the opportunity to work on some spacecraft programs, and there were all kinds of new constraints and issues that I hadn't even thought of or considered before. (Coatings commonly used in aircraft that would vaporize and potentially kill astronauts, atomic oxygen eating up seals, micrometeoroid damage, lubricants vaporizing, etc etc etc.........) And that's just for structures! I can't even think of what the systems people have to deal with!
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Old November 18 2014, 04:43 PM   #15
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^Well the Oil companies, a doubt a car company cares whether we buy a car powered by an internal combustion engine or an electric engine.
Thanks, that's what I really meant. But it is true for car companies also, in the sense that is what they're currently selling and would cost many fortunes to retool their product.
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