"Regarding the film's premise, Ben Affleck asked director Michael Bay, 'Wouldn't it be easier for NASA to train astronauts how to drill rather than training drillers to be astronauts?' Bay told Affleck to shut up."
Synthetic biology. Artificial intelligence.
Malor: "then you can just drop your cargo to Earth, fly it in for next to nothing."
InsertNiftyNameHere: How do you get around that pesky little problem of burn-up on entering the atmosphere?
ZAKARIA: Do you think it's fair to say that the push to the Moon, the interest in NASA all in some way led to the computer and information revolution?
TYSON: There are people who would say that would have happened anyway, but there are certain facts that are undeniable. The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room. Nobody at the time was saying Gee, I want to carry that in my pocket. Which is a non-thought. But when you launch something into space, electronics of any kind, weight matters because it's very expensive to put every incremental ounce if you don't have to put it there to launch into orbit. And so, the miniaturization of electronics got a jolt of interest by the early space age. And then once you see that it's miniaturized, all of a sudden the whole new world of consumer electronics opens up that was unimagined and undreamt of before. So, yes, and by the way, the urge to find an economic justification, I think, is laudable, but that's not even the biggest reason to do this. The biggest reason is the culture that it implicates, the innovations require to explore space on the frontier, foster an innovation nation and everybody is thinking about it. The innovation becomes just what you do. And I don't know that you can put a price tag on that.
ZAKARIA: If you had your druthers and you could create one project that would excite the imagination of the American people, what would it be?
TYSON: You know what it would be? It wouldn't be one project. If you double or triple NASA's budget and you say, NASA, take me anywhere I want to go in the Solar system. And they create a whole suite of launch vehicles. So the scientists can go back to - go to Mars and then maybe there are some tourists who want to go to the Moon and some of the miners who want to go to the asteroid and all - the whole solar system becomes our backyard. And every one of these tracks will have a frontier associated with it and the engineers will have to innovate. You need the biologists looking for life and the chemists and the structural engineers and mechanical engineers, all the STEM field that everybody is whaling about trying to improve here back in the country, that would just be part of the activity. And you wouldn't need a program just to convince people that STEM fields would be good for the country. Because it would be manifest, daily. And all the advances that would be going on. Then, that's the truly (inaudible) future that we all dreamt we'd be in from the 1960s.
Granted, the pollution from mining all those rare-earths & heavy metals could be ameliorated by doing it in space.
Now we just need to find a way to handle all those newly-affordable thrown-away ipads and mobile devices clogging the garbage dumps and leaching toxins into the groundwater.
Borman: Oh my God! Look at that picture over there! Here's the Earth coming up. Wow, is that pretty.
Anders: Hey, don't take that, it's not scheduled.
Borman: (laughing) You got a color film, Jim?
Anders: Hand me that roll of color quick, will you...
Lovell: Oh man, that's great!
Not in the 60s we couldn't have. Well, we could have taken more pretty pictures, but actual sample return and the like, not so much.
Yes, but you're missing the context of the Earthrise photo.
No one was going to pay for hundreds of unmanned lunar rovers. Sending people is sexy, probes not so much.
The fact there aren't lunar rovers combing the hills of the moon right now lends credence to the idea that the publicity factor of manned missions helps to make big science and engineering like this happen. A robot rover is easily within reach of any of the world's apce agencies and would return valuable science and yet their aren't any.
provided more photographic coverage of the Soviet Union than all previous U-2 missions.
He isn't the one claiming that an Earth orbiting camera system could have been used or adapted to take a photo of the Earth from lunar orbit.
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