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Re: RE: starship-design: Why?
In a message dated 12/9/97 6:51:52 AM, TLG.van.der.Linden@tip.nl wrote:
>>On Monday, December 08, 1997 3:49 AM, Timothy van der Linden
>>Kelly, wanted a reason why we would send repeat missions. I was simply
>>pointing out that if there was ANY reason to go in the first place, it
>>would certainly be enough reason to go again and again...
>Yes, unless what we discovered at the target failed our expectations badly.
That would depend on our interst in it. Our most likely reason is as a
political stunt, or as a national/international chalenge. As Apollo learned,
repeat missions serve no purpose to such an objective.
Or if we were just generally curious but just wanted a basic survey, or we
were only interest in looking for earth like worlds or life and found none.
>>I don't deny that it is possible we will go out of simple curiosity. I just
>>look at the cost and time involved and come up with the conclusion that the
>>ONLY reason we will go is curiosity. What I was alluding to is that there
>>is no sound economic basis for such a mission so profit as a motive is out.
>>It is to expensive for simple wanderlust (so much for Eric the Red), and I
>>find it implausible that ANY politician would seriously believe that the
>>days of empires and colonies aren't over.
>>All in all, its a tough sell for anything other than "because its there".
>I fully agree with that. Although I'd like to be a visionary as Kyle writes,
>the fact is that we have a long way to go if we have to use current day
And with current tech, it would be to expensive to interwst us in doing it for