Thanks for the heads-up
How long does it take to orbit Earth?
I'm not a fan of Musk and I think most folk realise that to gain that type of wealth, you will have shafted a few people along the way. My question, what is the purpose of spending billions on traveling to the moon? What are the aims and likely outcomes of the project? The world is in a truly desperate place and it's time the billionaires who made money with a big helping hand from government (who favour those who are already wealthy) put their billions to better use. It's 2020 and to have a world where a privileged few share obscene wealth, while millions are in abject poverty is a disgrace. IMOSP1DER wrote: ↑Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:46 amMusk started his career as a transfer student from Canada after settling there originally from South Africa. In my opinion he is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. His worth is around $20 billion, absolutely stupid amount of money but look what it has allowed him to do. Our next great adventure is space exploration. I doubt man would get back to the moon if it were not for private enterprise and I look forward to seeing that happen in my lifetime.
Wa’d,yuh wanna go doing that for ? There are more than enough people already !
The other question is is X million is not spent on space projects will it directly be spent on cancer research instead? I think the answer is pobably no.
Quite possibly...there’s a lot of overlap between most of the high end technologies, research in one field (e.g. nuclear) quite often has an impact on work in another (medicine) ....
I remember many moons ago arguing that point with Bentley on FE, I was very much pro NASA and listed all if the various benefits realised indirectly. However, I would lying if I did not admit to not having feelings of reservations about the involvement of private capital and what that will mean regarding the direction of future scientific endeavours.Plog wrote: ↑Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:14 amThe other question is is X million is not spent on space projects will it directly be spent on cancer research instead? I think the answer is pobably no.
.The money spent on R&D for, e.g. one of Musk projects doesn't just end up benefitting that project, it ends up often as not having benefits in other fields and medicine has benefitted greatly from "spin offs" from space programs.
Just one example - if you look at medical imaging you'll see a lot of the detector technology and the image processing techniques originated at places like NASA..one example here
https://spinoff.nasa.gov/database/spino ... SFC-SO-188
As someone who has had a run in with C and has benefitted from such technology I don't have an issue with money going into the likes of spaceflight.