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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
"Future of Space Exploration"
"Future of Space Exploration"
"Future of Space Exploration"," Lack of further human expansion in deep space corresponds neatly to the lack of new mega projects in United States as well as other economically powerful nations. It also gave up on attempts at provision of mass affordable housing (through utilization of best conceptual design research and recommendations), further exploration of increasingly cheap and speedy transcontinental travel, new mega canal/highway/rail/tunnel/bridge systems as well as concentrated effort to make use of the earth's oceans for national and global betterment. Media outlets like to say that continued space expansion became too expensive and superfluous since Soviet Union's abandonment of its lunar program. Soviets passed their industrial economic peak in the 60s while the American civilizational peak (with similar subsequent decline) was in the early 1970s. Medium Western powers such as England, Germany, and France all saw stagnation in the 1970s after the heady days of postwar consumer driven booms. The ancient desire towards national greatness (that China so readily demonstrates these days) has left the West along with ambitions of lunar settlements. It was enough for them to do money speculation in a personal playground that is the globalizing world. The decades since the 1970s did not really see the equivalents of Howard Hughes ( basis for Scorsese's The Aviator), Thomas Edison, or Andrew Carnegie. We didn't see Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or George Soros trying to develop affordable flying transport, trying to get support to turn world's deserts into new farmland, or similar efforts towards awe inspiring historical milestones. The trend continued even after the maximum income tax on the rich went from 70-80% in the 1950s-1960s to 35% today. To be fair, United States has a lot of restrictions on private development and exploration of space. Only half a century after first manned flights did we start hearing about things like the Ansari X Prize (and even then from private pockets) to stimulate development of cheap private vehicles capable of reaching the orbit. The sheer material benefits that space exploration spin off technology gives to humanity are undeniable. It will take major competition from non-western nations and public national humiliations to get political elites to exert themselves again. We've seen the recent rapid construction of artificial resort islands in Dubai, the scores of skyscrapers in Asia that overshadow the Sears Towers, and some Russian oligarchs actively thinking of space tourism to compliment their industrial empires. The technologically advanced South Korea has recently completed their first spaceport. Perhaps a profit motive (or an illusion of one) is just what is needed. Things are coming together in such a way that a new leap into space is imminent even amidst a severe international crisis in market capitalism. For example there is potential for hundreds of megabytes per second satellite based broadband, new building materials and transportation methods, and popular psychological uplift that humanity is moving ahead instead of stagnating. Then maybe we can start also seeing actual mass improvements on the ground as well as in space. . TRY SOMETHING NEW JUST CLICK HERE