Box Burner wrote: BoyScoutGirl wrote:
Elliot wrote:One word: Overpopulation.
Agreed; pretty much everything comes back to overpopulation.
We would already be going off planet if the space program had been in private hands instead of gov.
Well, there hasn't been much to keep private industry out of the space program, except for a lack of profit. I recall the L5 Society trying to put up a space habitat, with the goal of making a lot of money, and it failed. Then there were a whole lot of start ups in the late 1980s-early 1990s, and they failed. So, it seems to me, that so far only government has been able to swing the huge, non-profitable development phase which comes before the profit making point private industry needs to survive. Harvard says that the next quarter's profits are all that really matter, but, until (maybe) recently, that first profitable quarter has been a LONG way off.
"Nothing is withheld from us which we have conceived to do.
Do things that have never been done."