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Dilemma. One avenue for finding different sources of energy is using any one of the many possibilities space travel presents, for things like a orbitting solar-power collecting satellites or collecting helium from the moon. The problem is that the only source of energy we have to get to space is petroleum-fueled crafts. And since a. we are on the precipice of reaching the global oil peak (definitely within our lifetimes at least) that will make oil scarce and way, way, WAY more expensive; and b. since our current efforts up there seem to have no real purpose other than to build bases before other countries do and because we haven't done anything serious in space in a really long time--shouldn't the time for using space as a way to create new forms of energy be, like, right now!? While we are aware of the impending energy crunch, the possibilities space provides and while we still have the cheap oil to get there? Not to mention while our country is in need of the jobs and the economic boost that it will surely provide?

What the heck is wrong with our leaders!? They need to get their heads out of their asses!!??

Opinions?
H.M.S. ENTERPRISE

James Montgomery Doohan, 1920-2005

"'It's green!'"

"'Any man who could manage such a feat, I darena' disappoint.'"

"Everything's been just lovely."



It's fitting somehow that he died on the anniversary of the greatest engineering achievement in human history, a space engineering achievement at that, the landing of Apollo 11 on the Moon.

Godspeed, Scotty. We love you.
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Who wants a space doc?

Job outlook for aerospace medical physicians doesn't look so good today. Only 0.10 of 1% of the world's physicians get to be aerospace med docs.

Will people need them in the near future? Or am I prepping myself for a career that will not be needed until much after my lifetime?

National Space Biological Research Institution gives me some hope, but even they are underfunded.

I want to know how to remedy the negative physiological side affects of being in microgravity. Why? I don't know, I just do. I need to find more people that want to do the same.
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Newbie with questions

Would you go to space with current levels of understanding in human physiology? Would you consider the potential long term side affects such as irreversible bone density loss?

How much would you pay to spend a day in orbit?

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look what i found!

A new documentary on climage change, the energy crisis and how colonizing the Moon can solve many of our problems on Earth. found at http://www.gaiaselene.com

There are two and a half ways to save the earth, and two of them are on the moon.
Earth Scientists, space scientists, futurists and visionaries elucidate the challenges facing us as a species and threatening our home planet.

How will we feed, house and employ ten billion humans by the year 2050?
What happens when the oil runs out?
The threats of nuclear fission.
Our effect on the environment, the health of the planet and our fellow creatures.
By 2050 we will need three times a much power and it will have to be three times as clean. There is no earthly technology capable of coming on line by the year 2050 that can solve our energy problem.
In the next hundred years there's one chance in four hundred and fifty five of a species ending-cosmic event.

But don't worry.
We've developed Space Techology. We've developed a way to turn a cosmic threat into an asset. When we learn what we need to, to colonize the moon, we will be able to use that knowledge to protect our home planet.
This new work, for the first time, expresses clear solutions to the crises facing us.
Space Solar Power is clean, renewable, and could replace polluting fossile fuel plants.
Lunar Solar collectors built of lunar material will microwave power to earth.
Power from Moondust. Four tons of 3Helium could power the U.S. for a year in Fusion Reactors and would be worth 8 Billion Dollars.
We can and will do it. It's not rocket science anymore.

How will we live and work on the moon. What it will be like to fly in lunar gravity. Why we will live in lavatubes under the surface. How we can travel a thousand miles an hour in maglev bullet trains. Why the Moon is a stepping stone to the Solar System, to nearby Stars, to the Future.

"The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth". The Rest....is Ours!"

Emmy Award Winning Documentary Producer/Director Charles Proser presents a new documentary on the exciting New Frontier and the future of "Homo Spaciens".
With:
Dr. Alan Binder.....Principal Investigator - Lunar Prospector * Dr. Martin Hoffert....New York University * Daniel Lashof.....Natural Resources Defense Council * Dr. David Lockbaum.....Union of Concerned Scientists * Dr. Gerald Kulcinski..... Nuclear Fusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin * Dr. David Criswell.....Lunar and Planetary Institute; University of Houston * Dr. Bradley Edwards.....Institute for Scientific Research / Carbon Graphics * John C. Hemry, Author * Dr. David Schrunk....."The Moon, its Resources, Colonization" * Dr. Paul Spudis, Johns Hopkins University,The Presidential Commission on Space * Mark Solter, Astrominer * Peter Kokh, The Moon Society * Dr. John Lewis....."Mining the Sky...University of Arizona * Dr. Patrick Collins.....SpaceFuture.com; Tokyo University