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This week's question from Planetary Society Board President Jim Bell:
What might the future be like without space exploration?
Here's how Planetary Society Members answered...
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What do you want to see next in space exploration?
I believe we need to raise funds though the private sector because I don't trust the government. Done properly the profits will be more than enough to pay for space exploration. Any qustions? contact infomation (989)842-5611 firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to see observatories and manned support centers established on the Moon (both light side and dark sides). The observatories could be used to monitor Earth, the sun, and deep space. The support centers could also be used as bases to explore the polar creaters for ice for mining water and converting to oxygen and hydrogen. In addition, I think a plan needs to be established to manage luner and space junk whch could be marketed on E-Bay for $$$.
My dream/vision would be to see the USA go to and colonize the planet Mars before I myself have passed a way. I am 65 years old, lived through Sputnik, our moon missions, our first space station, shuttle program, ISS and know the future of mankind lives only in continued exploration and colonization of other worlds.
The next big thing that NASA could or should do, is to work the R & D, just the old NACA. Prepare the aerospace industry, with the research and development, to speed up the products and services that will be needed in space. 1. Build a second station, ISS Beta, just for commercialism. 2. Build the third station, ISS Gamma, to replace ISS Alpha. 3. Set in place the standards for the OSP's. The Orbital Space Planes. 4. Use the current load lifters to put the big and heavy cargoes into LEO. 5. Set in place the standards for orbits ... more »
Humanity has all its eggs in one basket. Since life first evolved on Earth great extinction events have caused the demise of the species. Scientific progress is leading slowly towards a time when the basics of interplanetary travel will be affordable and a realistic proposition, but humanity needs to unite in an effort to develop those key technologies that are required to start a self-sufficient population on Mars and further afield. Let us free humanity from dependence upon one planet, and let's do it soon!
MSL and other landers should have had microphones. Not just for self diagnostics but to bring human experience to Mars and other places. How many boulders have fallen off crater walls nearby? Besides the science when there is some weather happening shoot some good quality video with stereo audio so we can experience a few minutes of an afternoon on Mars. During entry having high quality video on the various entry components capturing and hearing all the vibrations from atmospheric entry and seeing and hearing the guidance rockets fire would have been great. Why not put cameras and mikes in ... more »
An ordinary person, with an ordinary education, having extraordinary wishes for a decent and sustainable future off planet, for herself and her children, and their children, and so on and so on. I would like to see emphasis made upon what we can achieve right now, to keep the interests and hopes of those who already want to expand our endeavors in space but also to encourage those who could care less about the Moon, Mars etc to take a second look, and maybe, just maybe say " that sounds kinda...cool. " ....
The search for life should lead the Planetary Society's focus for years to come. If life were found it would be a game changer like no other. It would change our perception of who we are and our place on this planet and the universe. It would reinvigorate interest in the space program from new and old and would generate badly needed funds for the embattled space program. It would take at least a three pronged approach. 1. Increased exploration of likely abodes for life within our solar system. Mars, Europa, Enceladus and others with dedicated instruments designed to probe ... more »
When I was in elementary school, I was obsessed with astronomy. I knew that in 1999, Pluto and Neptune would swap places in distance from the sun, and I begged my parents to build a rocket so that we could see it happen live. My brother was into trains and we went on train rides all the time, but (obviously) I never got to go into space.
My dream never died though, and my dream for the next step in space exploration is simple: cheap access to space for the masses. Not $200000 for a suborbital flight that lasts a few ... more »
My vision is simple.A return to the MOON in my life time!!!This was the original dream of the Kennedy era.What happened to change this course?Have we been given all the data needed to make our choices for the future?This is the problem that must be addressed before decisions can be made!!
What sparked my passions wasn't something as poetic as laying on the ground, looking at the stars, and wanting to know as much about them as I could, it was more that I would look up at them and want to be there. As a child I was instantly fascinated with the original Star Trek TV series and whole heartedly believed, then and now, that we are not alone in this vast universe. I could look up at the stars and envision the planets where life existed, and wonder if their lives were much like ours, and constantly wished I ... more »
My immediate vision is for us to begin setting up thriving self sufficient colonies on Mars. This is already possible and all that's needed is the WILL to stick with it as well as some help from private industry. The ultimate goal is to begin exploring the cosmos. I'd like to go to Zeta Reticuli 1 and 2 as well as the Alpha Centauri system,The Tau Ceti system and Barnards Star and see all the worlds and peoples that might be there. I would like to do this as an explorer and also an ambassador from Earth.
My love of finding out how things work was always there but it was Star Trek of the 1960s that started the real fire for space. This lead to an Aerospace job involving Atlas, Centaur, Galileo Space Telescope and others. The fire for knowledge of our universe (multiverses ?) continues ...
Without doubt my biggest inspiration for my space passion were a TV series and a film. On TV it was the original Star Trek series. A hopeful future where humankind could benefit from all the wonders of science and technology inextricably interwoven with the exploration of space. And 2001: A Space Odyssey revealed the majesty of space, deep and dark mysteries, the sense of wonder and awe. And a future at once unimaginable and incomprehensible. A place where anything was and is possible.
I was 17 years old when I gave up my first-born son adoption. Years later, when I found him and he found me his questions about the universe inspired me to speak honestly to him about what I believed to be the truth. Of course this was back in the early 1980's. I have continued to pursue an interest in outer space and related questions.
I can recall three inspirations for my interest in space. The first involved the articles in Life magazine on the Mercury astronauts. As a ten year old I devoured the stories about them, and had their names memorized as I waited for each to take his turn in space travel. The second involved a non-human: Enos the space chimp. My ninth grade science class watched the launch of his orbital mission on our TV instead of our regularly scheduled TV science period. Finally, I can remember watching the Echo balloon satellite pass overhead at the announced time. All our neighbors ... more »
For Christmas at the age of nine, I got my first telescope, a three inch reflector. I think my Dad gave it to me because he'd be able to use it. We looked at Jupiter and Saturn. I was hooked. When I was 13, we saw War of the Worlds. My younger brother ran out of the theater in terror. By the time I was 14, I was exchanging shopping bags of science fiction stories, with a 26 year old neighbor, pieces by Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and the rest of the cast, including a big supply of Fantasy ... more »
When I was young (I am much older now) I received a telescope as a gift. It was a small newtonian telescope, cardboard tube, made by Gilbert I think, and it had a clamp for attaching to a fence or similar object. I was in Texas. I set it up and clumsily scanned the skies. I found a planet, Saturn! It made me feel so small and yet important to see it. I became an occasional but enthusiastic astronomer. Life goes on, and years later, while living in Alaska, I ordered a 6-inch newtonian telescope. When I receive it, I ... more »
I was born in 1957 at the beginning of the space race. Every kid wanted to be an astronaut.But I wanted to see beyond what humankind could do. Now I am disabled and all I can do is watch others. But my imagination is still there taking me to other worlds. It's not much but that is my story.
We are born explorers. As infants we first learn to use our senses -- vision, hearing, touch, taste -- to learn about the nature of the world around us. And then -- gloriously! -- as toddlers we add mobility and can finally rove around and explore not just what is within our vision, but also the unknown across the room, or around the corner. It turns out that that urge to explore never leaves us as we continue to grow, as individuals, and as a civilization. Nowadays our fascination with the unknown compels us to explore not just the world around us, but the limitless frontiers of distant planets, stars, and galaxies.
I think what the people gives for granted the advance of humanity and technology, the common of the people, in the past and now, never thinks in the necessary steps to get a new innovation what later become a common thing and are only interested in the final result. In the space exploration stops, if we stop to look at the sky and wonder for what we can find out there, at first maybe will be little difference, but in the middle and long run the price will be high, even too high, for our specie and even the planet. ... more »
We would still have creativity and advanced technology and engineering and science for other purposes. However, in a future without space exploration, life would be less interesting to open-minded people, and ultimately there would be fewer open-minded people.
Humanity confined to this planet? If we did not kill off most of humanity with disease, chemical or biological warfare or resource wars then the sheer mass of "hunanity" will destroy all of this worlds natural resources/ecologies and creatures trying in vain to survive and leaving a naked planet reminicent of the "Mad max" future. It is imperative that we begin moving mankind outward into the cosmos NOW and not later.
A world without hope, without inspiration, without a cadre of people (i.e., astronauts, scientists & engineers)through whom,the rest of humanity,can vicariously take pride in and live with through the exploration of the "final Frontier". A world of diminishing resources, pollution and an incredible disparity between the few "have's" and the far more numerous "have not's". A world where democracy will no longer be a viable form of government because civil unrest will become so widespread that even if its called a democracy it will be, in reality a military state. The powerful few dictating to the rest. Where the masses ... more »
We have all known people that have never left the area that they were born in. They are fearful of venturing out and do not want to know and probably do not care what is outside of their home turf. These people are narrow in their view and unreceptive to changes. Without Space Exploration we will become a world of people without curiosity and creativity. We will become a people who are Stagnated in their own "little" time and place.
Every scientist at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences had his or her own vision for what should come next in the exploration of our solar system and beyond. Here are a few of those visions.
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