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Interesting developments and considerations …
The Era of Private Space Travel Has Arrived — But How Did We Get Here?
A New Age
SpaceX is set to go into partnership with NASA to get the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024. Meanwhile, Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos have both successfully launched into space to kick-start space tourism. "Now we have the spectacle of fabulously wealthy figureheads engaged in a whole new race into space, with a return to the moon and even Mars on their radars," says Burgess. "Without this commercial effort, such things would undoubtedly be decades instead of years away."
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-i ... m-timeline
The Pros And Cons Of Privatizing Space Exploration
What are the pros and cons of privatizing space exploration? The premise is too binary. The objective isn’t to hand over space exploration to the private sector. The objective is to expand upon the utilization of space by finding opportunities where the private sector could benefit.
The role of government in space exploration is to do the things that the market can’t support, but the people agree are beneficial. When we send a spacecraft like New Horizons to take close up pictures of Pluto, we do so because, as a people, we understand that science is important. We understand that learning about the universe is good for our society. We understand that knowledge has value for its own sake and that we often cannot predict how that knowledge may have additional practical value at some later time. This kind of exploration simply isn’t practical for the private sector because there isn’t a way to, in the near term, make a return on the investment.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017 ... ploration/
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SUMMARY:Ka-El wrote: ↑Aug 24th, 2021, 7:50 am As a futurist I believe we are going to see some amazing and incredible developments in the next 100 years.20 events we can expect in the third millennium .
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/technolo ... li=AAggNb9
20 events we can expect in the third millennium:
Significant sea level rise (*check*)
A noticeably warmer Earth (*check*)
Overall climate shift (*check*)
Humans will live longer (*check*, but covid's working on this problem)
The dilution of skin colour (*check*)
Larger babies, larger adults (*check*)
Evolution will favour the pretty (*check*)
More data on smaller supports (*check*)
Synthetic meat (*check*)
Self-driving cars (*check*)
3D printers will allow people to create nearly everything (*check*)
Humans will be able to create living organisms in a lab (*check*)
Computers will outsmart the human mind (*check*)
There will be far fewer languages in the world (*check*)
Telepathy will be a real thing (*check* hello, twins?)
Humans will go to Mars, and potentially settle there (*partial check*, gettin' there)
Extraterrestrial life may be found (*partial check*, but how will we ever know in detail?)
Sensors and chips will “connect” your body (*partial check*, bionics exist)
The human brain will be fully mapped
No, the sun will not explode (why is this on the list if it's a "No"?)
A lot of these things are already happening. Was this article from 1984?
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TemovedRejigger wrote: ↑Sep 1st, 2021, 10:00 am"The Mars Millennium Project 2030 is a national arts sciences and technology education initiative sponsored jointly by NASA, NASA/JPL, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education, and the White House Millennium Council."
A little bit of history on the Mars Millenium Project...
"January 22, 1999
Washington, DC - First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on January 14 the launch of the Mars Millennium Project, an official White House Millennium Council youth initiative that will challenge kindergarten through high-school students to design the first community on Mars. The J. Paul Getty Trust is a partner in guiding the project, along with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the White House Millennium Council. In addition, many other public and private organizations as well as leading corporations and businesses will participate."
This project is taking awhile to get off the ground, so to speak.
Some would argue that those resources should be spent making THIS planet more inhabitable, not making another planet inhabitable. There may be something to that argument.
did you try the link on Hillary's page?
https://clintonwhitehouse4.archives.gov ... /mars.html
https://clintonwhitehouse4.archives.gov ... rs2030.net
Personally, my argument is that trying to make Mars habitable means we'll somehow have to adapt to its requirements not the other way around. And as far as Earth is concerned in the third millennium, I think it'll probably turn out to be the same. So here's to putting the resources into genetic engineering.
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