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A Vigorous Discussion of Our Future In Space 111

Nethead writes "At TAM 2011, presented by The James Randi Foundation (JREF), a panel with Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and moderated by Phil Plait, discussed our future in space in an environment where they could freely express their opinions. This is an hour-long video (so lay off first-posts until you've watched it) with humor, depth and frank realism. Where do we spend our dwindling monetary science funding, manned or robotic exploration?"
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A Vigorous Discussion of Our Future In Space

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  • Robots (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ackthpt ( 218170 ) on Thursday October 20, 2011 @12:13PM (#37776530) Homepage Journal

    Robots have done great with Mars. The cost to any space program of an astronaut being supported all the way out and back is staggering - let alone if something should happen to him/her.

    Besides, we can send dozens of robots for the cost of development and embarking on a single manned mission.

  • by Mycroft_VIII ( 572950 ) on Thursday October 20, 2011 @02:42PM (#37780460) Journal
    No mod points and the ac above me is sitting at 0.
        "There is a fabulous oration by Neil deGrasse Tyson during the Q&A, in response to a statement that "we can't afford" space exploration. Alone this makes the 53 minutes a worthwhile investment in time."

    and the ac is mostly right except that it was in response to no money for manned space exploration, though Tyson's response applies to the whole of science and space exploration.


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