POLL: Whatever happened to the space program in America?

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Is anybody here interested in becoming an astronaut? Did two shuttle mishaps kill NASA off? It seems like spaceships are much more dangerous to fly than airplanes for some reason. Will spaceships ever become as safe as aircraft? Do we still need an active space program? Sorry, I did not see an aerospace forum here. What does the future of outer space look like today as far as earthly humans' venturing there goes?
 
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Young people don't seem very interested in the space program anymore. The media don't talk about it much anymore. Did two NASA shuttle disasters kill general public interest?

Challenger: Need Another Seven Astronauts
Columbia: Need Another Seven Again

Are man-made spaceships now as safe as jet airplanes to travel on?
 

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Will we have to live in space in the future?

In a theoretical study from 2019, a group of researchers have pondered the long-term trajectory of human civilization. It is argued that due to Earth's finitude as well as the limited duration of the Solar System, mankind's survival into the far future will very likely require extensive space colonization.

 

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POLL: How important is outer space science today? Who here wants to be an astronaut or enter the space program?
 

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Perhaps, we can send out an unmanned space probe to seek out a new planet for us. So far, we have not been able to get a man-made ship beyond our own solar system.
 

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Perhaps, we can send out an unmanned space probe to seek out a new planet for us. So far, we have not been able to get a man-made ship beyond our own solar system.


Actually, beginning in 2012, man made craft started leaving the heliosphere...or the outer boundary of solar influence. Of course they were launched in the 1970's but what the heck?

Now it is going to be a few hundred thousand years before any get near another solar system but they are out of or are heading out of our own...
 

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Where does the absolute outer limits of human space travel lie? Where do you see the future of man-made space travel? It appears we need much faster advanced spaceships for one thing depending how far we care to venture into deeper space. Ships like the Starship Enterprise can purportedly cover a lot of distance fast.
 
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Chemical fuel can get us to the moon and perhaps Mars but building viable and self-sustaining settlements there is not likely in the near term. For something long term we need different power sources. On the moon perhaps solar could be enough but what happens when it gets taken out by a space rock? How would they be replaced?

Physics will provide an answer if one is possible...when? Who knows?
 
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I can see it now. We develop the technology to venture far and wide in the galaxy and there will no doubt be a group of morons claiming environmental crisis and climate change in space.
 

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I can see it now. We develop the technology to venture far and wide in the galaxy and there will no doubt be a group of morons claiming environmental crisis and climate change in space.
We might have to jump from one astronomical body to another while working our way farther and farther out in space. A bridge of planets, maybe? I'm dreaming of Star Trek science fiction to someday become reality. We need an ideal body like our earth in our own solar system for feasible living. The pull of gravity has to be right for human comfort too. The hypothetical planet can't be too light or too massive. I would like to have my favorite animals on the other planet in question too like dogs and cows (for eating of course) and dove and deer for hunting. Before 1969, my grandfather swore up and down man would never step onto the moon. Chances are if another planet (outside our solar system, deep space) is suitable for life as we know it, there probably will be life there already.
 
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