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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:37 PM

India to launch Mars mission this year: President


The Times of India said:

NEW DELHI India will launch its first space mission to Mars this year, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Thursday.

"Several space missions are planned for 2013, including India's first mission to Mars and the launch of our first navigational satellite," Mukherjee said in his maiden address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

Forgive the sarcasm, but I suspect it will be far easier for India, or any country, to foster colonization of Mars than to convince people not to procreate at rates that outstrip the Earth's environment. I might further speculate, that in a civilization's growth, there may be only a brief period of time between where planetary colonization is possible before the monetary and environmental stresses of overpopulation may make this economically impossible. So, go for it while you can.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

View Posthighdesert50, on 23 February 2013 - 12:29 PM, said:

I suspect it will be far easier for India, or any country, to foster colonization of Mars than to convince people not to procreate at rates that outstrip the Earth's environment.
I'm not entirely sure what a small, scientific, robotic probe to another planet has to do with colonisation, overpopulation or the Earth's environment.

What it does signify is the emergence of India from developing nation into a scientific and economic superpower.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

This is India taking its place as a superpower -- probably some time in the next century, but we see the beginnings now.  We need to reform the Security Council to take France and Britain off and put India and Japan on.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:14 PM

Nice to see they spend all their international aid wisely.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

View Postskookum, on 23 February 2013 - 01:14 PM, said:

Nice to see they spend all their international aid wisely.
I knew someone would make this remark, someone always does. OK some facts for you.

India's space programme has been used to launch communications satellites, which have allowed every village in India to have a tv. This enables information and education to be beamed to even the most remote locations.

India's space programme has been used to launch Earth resources satellites which have been able to locate resources, plot crop diseases and improve the wealth and agriculture of the nation.

In producing scientific satellites India has been able to improve the scientific capabilities of the nation, producing more jobs and helping the nation's economy to the point where it is calculated that it will be the 3rd largest economy on the planet by 2030.

Yes, India has spent their money extraordinarily wisely.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:53 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 23 February 2013 - 01:20 PM, said:

I knew someone would make this remark, someone always does. OK some facts for you.

India's space programme has been used to launch communications satellites, which have allowed every village in India to have a tv. This enables information and education to be beamed to even the most remote locations.

India's space programme has been used to launch Earth resources satellites which have been able to locate resources, plot crop diseases and improve the wealth and agriculture of the nation.

In producing scientific satellites India has been able to improve the scientific capabilities of the nation, producing more jobs and helping the nation's economy to the point where it is calculated that it will be the 3rd largest economy on the planet by 2030.

Yes, India has spent their money extraordinarily wisely.

I totally agree with you and it is good to see that their decisions have been logical and effective to most extent.
In my opinion such things as space programs and all should be funded and handled internationally because in a way what we are sending in space is a representation of the planet Earth not some piece of land on it, unless you want to show off to people and nations on this planet earth.
I mean this should not be our priority, if we fund space programs internationally (all nations contributions) we could actually make some revolutionary things with the help of all the scientists all over the world.
We are limiting our capabilities because of land constrains. (I know there are cultural constrains, political constrains and many other things but I am speaking as a whole for planet Earth and our species).

I know it sounds very difficult due to all the constrains and conflicts (its a long story), but it would be most effective way for our planet to progress as a whole.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:40 PM

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This is India taking its place as a superpower -- probably some time in the next century, but we see the beginnings now.  We need to reform the Security Council to take France and Britain off and put India and Japan on.

Sure, and we'll throw Germany onto the council too - they are the economic powerhouse of western europe. Oh wait, I don't think the other powers will like your idea :whistle:


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

Will they set up customer support call centers there too?


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:45 PM

I don't think Germany will ever be a serious candidate.  The thing is, the present situation is steadily rendering the Security Council less and less relevant.

If France and Britain and Germany were to go on the Council, then no doubt Indonesia and Brazil and S. Africa and who knows who else should too.  This might work if the veto were restricted.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 03:56 PM

Ok Waspie_Dwarf what is more important, saving your countries children from death by malnutrition or sending a small and insignificant probe to Mars and leting everyone have access to mobile phones (that the needy canít afford and donít need).
Gosh itís a close call if you have your priorities wrong.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 07:56 PM

Its funny that they got money for nukes and billion dollar spacecraft trips to mars but 90% of their people are in poverty, especially aboriginals.


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:09 PM

WTF ? Man have they got their priorities wrong. :td:


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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:16 PM

India's space programme has been used to launch communications satellites, which have allowed every village in India to have a tv. This enables information and education to be beamed to even the most remote locations.


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What will they be watching? adverts and FOOD programmes? Boy, they really have got their priorities mixed up!  T.v before food and education for the villages??

Is that how they are going to educate their children? with t.v`s?

How about SCHOOLS and FOOD   first????  Thats what I thought our aid was going to them for!!



ps: are they going to have a satellite system on MARS for the t.v`s???

Edited by freetoroam, 23 February 2013 - 08:19 PM.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:18 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 23 February 2013 - 12:38 PM, said:

I'm not entirely sure what a small, scientific, robotic probe to another planet has to do with colonisation, overpopulation or the Earth's environment.

What it does signify is the emergence of India from developing nation into a scientific and economic superpower.

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