[FPSPACE] Euro-Russian capsule: The silence is....like a vacuum
David M Harland
dave.harland at ntlworld.com
Wed Oct 15 16:35:34 EDT 2008
At 4:16 pm -0400 15/10/08, E.P. Grondine wrote:
>My general conclusion ... was that manned space development was too
>expensive for any one nation to undertake by itself acting alone.
It is not primarily a matter of cost, but of will. If a nation had
the will to do so, the money would readily be found. You'll note that
the prospect of spending a trillion dollars spread out over a 25
year period to mount mount a manned mission to Mars was judged to be
ridiculously expensive, yet the US government has pulled almost that
amount of money out of the hat virtually overnight simply to buy some
duff assets and a minority share in a couple of banks. It puts going
to Mars into a new light.
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