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Stargazer last won the day on June 14 2005

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  1. Yes, human beings landed on the Moon between 1969 and 1972. To say that there is no evidence other than "stories" is just baffling. The evidence is overwhelming, and no, there is no evidence for the landings being a hoax. Why do people claim to doubt the fact that the Apollo landings really did happen? To say so reveal a basic ignorance of the subject. And that ignorance is exactly what the Apollo hoax preachers live on. If people actually knew a little more, then they would know that the evidence for the Apollo landings to be real is there. It also helps, of course, to understand that one doe
  2. Yes, without hesitation or doubt. I would go even if we weren't going to the ISS.
  3. Rockets are good for many purposes, but there are other methods that could be much better. My problem with rockets isn't really pollution, as they account for a very small part of the pollution our civilisation pours out. I think they are too inefficient though, as most of the rocket's mass is fuel. I love the space elevator concept, and I seriously think that the space budget should be greatly increased, and some of that funding should be allocated to technology research and development to prepare for a space elevator.
  4. It's not enough if we want to see even smaller planets, or planets not in orbits that would cause transits edge-on to us, or if we want to study the surfaces of the planets. But what Corot offers is the possibility to detect some planets above several times the size of the Earth, and that is one of the early steps that scientists can take in exploring other planetary systems. In the future there will be technologies that makes it possible to detect even smaller planets, planets far away from their host stars, planets that does not transit their star from our point of view, and other difficult
  5. I disagree that Corot is a waste of money. We can't just put astronomy on hold because we want to wait for better tools. I expect Corot to increase the number of known exoplanets, and also show us a wider range of planets.
  6. The Moon was abandoned mostly because space exploration went out of fashion. This might tell us something about ourselves, and it's probably not flattering. So, the administration decided it was too costly to keep the Apollo programme going, let alone a Lunar base. A permanent settlement, or even better and more logical, several settlements on different locations, would be very useful for our civilisation. Astronomy, Earth observation, direct study of the Moon and other areas of science will benefit. We will also get more experience of living on another world, how to make use of the local reso
  7. Was this directed at me, and if so, how am I immature?
  8. I can see good things in exploring and colonising the other worlds in the solar system. It's about building the future for our civilisation. Advances that I see in creating an interplanetary civilisation include exploration and science, technology, expansion and resources. Even though our technological civilisation was made possible largely because of the agricultural revolution, which eventually made us settle down and build large permanent cities, it seems we're not happy with staying at one place. We're travelling all over the planet all the time, for trading, business, pleasure and explo
  9. There is no reason to believe it was all a hoax. The problem is that some people know how to fool other people. Some of them convince others that everything was created by a god. Others focus on bending spoons. Some hoax creators actually came up with the idea to fool people that the moon landings never happened. It's utterly strange that this idea came up at all. I mean, why would anyone have reason to believe that others would fall for it? There is money and power in creating a lie, but personally I could never have thought of the possibility of fooling people to believe it was all a hoax. W
  10. I'm impatient perhaps. We could have had a Lunar base by now, and manned missions to Mars. Why is it that we haven't gone farther than LEO since 1972? I want to see these things happen sooner rather than later.
  11. If the right people are given the right amount of funding and support, it could well happen within 20 years. However, I do think that 30 years is more realistic, unfortunately.
  12. It should not be illegal, or if it should be illegal, the punishment should be symbolic only. I see it as a way to express one's opinions. One interesting thing is that I've been told that the Swedish flag can't be raised after sunset, and that it should never touch the ground. I don't know for sure if it's true.
  13. No, never really crossed my mind. No volcanoes around here, earthquakes are rare and very weak, no hurricanes.
  14. Seems like ESA is interested in participating in the Kliper programme - at least in the initial phase. I hope that after these two years, ESA will decide to commit itself to development of the Kliper. http://www.space.com/news/060623_clipper_esa.html
  15. 4-6 hours, which in the long run is probably not enough for me.
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