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NASA's Artemis - To The Moon - Preparing The Way To Mars


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We are returning to the Moon to stay.

 

While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

 

Video is 5&1/2  minutes.

 

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1 hour ago, bludog said:

Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

 

In haven't yet watched the video, but soon I will.

 

Few things make me feel as hopeful as the future of space travel.

 

But

 

We will bring everything we are to any other habitat.

 

We will bring our genius, inventiveness, innovation ... yes.

 

We will bring our prejudices, hatreds, argumentativeness, wrath, envy and jealously.

 

We will bring longing and mercy, but also murder and nihilism.

 

That which we are,  we cannot change though desire or intent. What we are is bred in us via millions of years of evolution. Billions, if you count pre-human life, back to unicellular life.

 

Let's hope we, the human race, and those that evolve from us, survive the trip. What a trip.

 

There's nothing left to write in this post but to dedicate Leonard Cohen's lyrics to the people that are very different in temperament than I am:

 

Thanks For The Dance

Thanks for the dance
I'm sorry you're tired
The evening has hardly begun
Thanks for the dance
Try to look inspired
One two three, one two three one

There's a rose in your hair
Your shoulders are bare
You've been wearing this costume forever

So turn up the music
Pour out the wine
Stop at the surface
The surface is fine
We don't need to go any deeper
Thanks for the dance
I hear that we're married
One two three, one two three one
Thanks for the dance
And the baby you carried
It was almost a daughter or a son

And there's nothing to do
But to wonder if you
Are as hopeless as me
And as decent

We're joined in the spirit
Joined at the hip
Joined in the panic
Wondering if
We've come to some sort
Of agreement

It was fine it was fast
We were first we were last
In line at the Temple of Pleasure
But the green was so green
And the blue was so blue
I was so I
And you were so you
The crisis was light
As a feather

Thanks for the dance
It was hell, it was swell
It was fun
Thanks for all the dances
One two three, one two three one

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6 hours ago, laripu said:

Few things make me feel as hopeful as the future of space travel.

 

The establishment of a self-sustaining population, on even one other celestial body, doubles the chance of humans continuing to evolve.  It is probably safe to say, we will find most worlds devoid of sentient beings.  Once having left Earth, there are endless scenarios of what we might evolve into.  And in more dangerous and extreme environments, evolution could proceed with relative speed provided conditions are not so harsh as to force extinction first.  But committing to space exploration gives our species a far better chance of genetic continuity.

 

6 hours ago, laripu said:

We will bring everything we are to any other habitat.

 

We will bring our genius, inventiveness, innovation ... yes.

 

We will bring our prejudices, hatreds, argumentativeness, wrath, envy and jealously.

 

We will bring longing and mercy, but also murder and nihilism.

 

That which we are,  we cannot change though desire or intent. What we are is bred in us via millions of years of evolution. Billions, if you count pre-human life, back to unicellular life.

 

Let's hope we, the human race, and those that evolve from us, survive the trip. What a trip.

 

We have evolved to be extremely clever at environmental exploitation, technological invention and development.  We fall short in recognition of long-term consequences, whether it be fouling our own common nest or the development of totally unnecessary impediments like NBC, WMDs.  And human groups are often overly competitive with each other.  Many species have had time to work out social relationships and procedures to the point where they don't often kill each other, or overly despoil their environment.  But we've only been around for about 200,000 years and only in the last 10,000 years or so did we start to abandon the nomadic way of life.  We are poorly adapted.  We have over exploited and engaged in countless, unproductive rivalries;  Valuing immediate comfort and convenience over tackling serious long-term problems.

 

6 hours ago, laripu said:

What a trip.

 

The start of a grand adventure.

 

Now that China and other nations are looking toward the moon and asteroids for resources, human commitment to space travel will probably be permanent. 

 

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