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03-19-2012, 11:49 AM
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Originally Posted by buddahsmoka1 View Post
Space exploration was largely pushed by the Cold War.
This.

I think manned space exploration is as cool as the next guy but the bottom line is that it's just not practical right now. Unfortunately, this type of [expensive] science is not sustainable if there is not a commercial demand for it, especially with the current economic landscape.

Now, if they found vast reserves of oil on Mars, for example, that would be a different story. But that's not going to happen.

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