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  • #16
    I have come across the series but never looked into it. I just did and it looks right up my alley. It will be added to the queue. I will start with the books. 8 books!
    I love finding something that has the potential to keep me busy for a few months! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    • #17




      Nah I don’t buy the whole we need a backup to planet earth, I think the average temperature on mars is like -80, the atmosphere is unbreathable. It’s not a place for humans, it’s not a backup. Our backup is earth…
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      Didn't you see Total Recall?  Mars is just waiting for us to melt the icecaps there too. ;0

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      • #18
        Am I the only one terrified of space? I don't even watch movies about it. I would rather die on earth in the zombie-pocalypse than be catapulted however safely into space. I guess it's good not everyone is like me!! It's quite amazing to think what they did 50 years ago.

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        • #19
          Wideopenspaces is terrified of space? :-)

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          • #20




            I would never consider Mars a pack up for Earth. if Mars had a sustainable colony and Earth was destroyed Mars would quickly follow. I’m considering the distant future when other habitable planets can be found and explored. It’s going to happen eventually and what we do today me speed or slow that process considerably. Much like the compounding effect of compound interest.
            Personally in my lifetime over the next 50 years or so I expect that we will land on Mars but that is not really truly important I think the more important thing would be to set up a reasonably self-sustainable outpost on the moon. I think that would be much more useful in further exploring space and developing the technology to live in a non ideal environment.

            However I am just a physician not an astrophysicist. Most of my opinions are not back by any real science just the hopes and dreams of an avid science-fiction enthusiast.
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            While I agree with you in spirit, I do wonder whether it will ultimately more practical to learn how to convert the billions of asteroids in the solar system to human habitats. Theoretically they can be hollowed out and adapted, and even provided with propulsion systems. The thick rock walls can protect against the radiation that the Martian atmosphere won’t protect humans from. See (one of my favorite authors) Kim Stanley Robinson in his book 2312. This may be instead of or in addition to terraforming planets and moons in the solar system. No doubt this isn’t happening tomorrow, but someday, if we survive.
            My Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFF...MwBiAAKd5N8qPg

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            • #21
              My humble brag.  I was on a causeway watching Apollo 11 launch.  I did not appreciate that was likely the most historically significant event I would witness.  I was 11.

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              • #22
                The asteroid belt is an option. Further from the sun making power collection a bit more difficult but I am sure we can overcome that. A colony inside Ceres seems common in sci-fi. There is so much to read. I have yet to pick up a Kim Stanley Robinson book but gave a few on my list. Need more hours in the day. Maybe I will move to Mercury.

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                • #23




                  One of the greatest achievements of humankind. And that evening, as a ten year old glued to the tv as Neal Armstrong descended those steps, was one of the peak moments of my life.
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                  I was also 10 and thought it was amazing. Definitely not one of the peak moments of my life though. :-)
                  Erstwhile Dance Theatre of Dayton performer cum bellhop. Carried (many) bags for a lovely and gracious 59 yo Cyd Charisse. (RIP) Hosted epic company parties after Friday night rehearsals.

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                  • #24




                    The asteroid belt is an option. Further from the sun making power collection a bit more difficult but I am sure we can overcome that. A colony inside Ceres seems common in sci-fi. There is so much to read. I have yet to pick up a Kim Stanley Robinson book but gave a few on my list. Need more hours in the day. Maybe I will move to Mercury.
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                    I find the Fermi paradox interesting.

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                    • #25
                      It is. I think we are not as unique and special as we think we are.
                      The universe is a big place.

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                      • #26
                        To reiterate Lordosis' last point, take a few minutes and watch this video.  One of the best I've seen on the internet.  My kids can't get enough of it.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoW8Tf7hTGA

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                        • #27
                          I like it.  But even the very large universe can be overrun when you consider exponential growth.

                          "The Last Question" which is probably my favorite short story is an example.

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                          • #28
                            History is as we remember it? Or is it?
                            How much was global politics, scientific, Cold War, domestically popular?
                            https://awealthofcommonsense.com/2019/07/why-history-get-stuff-wrong-all-the-time/

                            There was a small little squabble called the Cold War.

                            “They believed the military spending policies of the Reagan-Bush years forced the Soviets to the brink of economic collapse. Democrats argued that containment of communism was a bipartisan policy for 45 years begun by the Democrat Harry Truman. Others pointed out that no one really won the Cold War.”

                            Not really sure the race to the moon has a declared winner either. Not to sure Mars or asteroids will happen.
                            Only history will tell. Then be written and rewritten over and over from different perspectives.



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                            • #29
                              I spent the day doing astronomy outreach at the SAC Museum, which was having a big celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.  There's very little that's more rewarding than giving someone their first glimpse through a telescope (in this case, looking at the Sun)!

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                              • #30


                                looking at the Sun)!
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                                Hopefully you had the appropriate filters or invest in an ophthalmology practice.

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