Vaniver wrote:But, that fusable hydrogen is rarely in a package that is easy to open; it'd be like not taking drinking water while crossing the Antarctic, trusting that you'll be able to melt and filter the snow.Taking all your fuel with you when the universe is full of fusable hydrogen is just plain stupid.
With the proper equipment that won't be a problem
As for "we can't fix everything at home before we go to the stars" No, but still there needs to be priorites
You can either spend a thousand billions on going to mars or a thousand billion solving humanitarian problems on earth, the things is one of those two is going to be ALOT more productive
Hint, it's not space.
By giving all people on earth proper education you can withing a few decades raise the productivity of the planet ALOT, meaning that going to the stars will be alot easier, ofcourse you will still have SOME problems here, but the fact is we have RAMPANT fucking problems here, billions of people in poverty, they are untapped resourses.
I don't mind us spending money on Space travel, what bothers me is the proportions at which it takes place.
Oh, and the argument that we need to go to the stars because our sun might die is retarded, we have a number of thousands of years before that will take place, the smart thing to do is not to take a smart part of the human population and have them working on a very small and distant problem, but to educate a broad part of the human population and then have them together work at the remaining problems, one of which being the fact that we are stuck here.
Space offers us an unlimited future. As soon as anyone can exist in space, we have that limited backup (sort of). As soon as we can build, garden, live and breed in space, then we have that unlimited future.
How is it unlimited? No cost/benefit analysis would recomend humanity as a race to go into space for another few centuries, we have the technology, but there is no reason to, other than entertainment.
sorry for beaking your Space conquoring dreams, Curing AIDS and Malaria is not nearly as "cool" as walking on Mars but it should still be our first priority.