We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 06:52 PM
Rhino666, on 15 July 2013 - 06:39 PM, said:
Just stop buggering about and send someone up there.
Yes because that will be cheap and easy won't it.
Oh wait a minute, it will be the most expensive scientific undertaking in human history, we don't know how to protect the crew against radiation yet. We don't know if the medical conditions (such as bone loss and eye sight problems) will be too serious to over come. Oh, and no government in the world is currently prepared (or able) to fund a project that will make going to the moon look like a trip to the seaside.
If you think that the research that NASA, Roscosmos and the other space agencies are doing to ensure that they don't kill the first crew they send on a mission to Mars is "buggering about" then I suspect that the astronauts and cosmonauts will be relieved that there is so much "buggering about".
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
For those whom may not know, the following song was part of a NASA/JPL animation(and some actual footage, not much) regarding a mission to Mars.
I think on YouTube it's entitled "30 seconds to Mars"
Thought I may share the full tune...