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Beagle - waste of time and money?

Is space exploration a waste of money?

  • No, it gives us valuable information for our future

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  • Yes, the costs and failure rates are too high

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#1
So, another British space probe has thrown a track.

Do you think space exploration is worth the huge costs, and provides us with important information or would the money be better spent on hospitals and schools?
 
#3
boney_m said:
So, another British space probe has thrown a track.

Do you think space exploration is worth the huge costs, and provides us with important information or would the money be better spent on hospitals and schools?
When did the Royal Armoured Corps take over the space program :?:
I am well out of date 8O

I think we are so far behind as a major space program contributor we should accept our role as "good team players" and use the cash elsewhere.Military and as you say hospitals and schools.
 
#5
I hear what your saying there Shotgun, we should know around 10pm. But according to the online coverage a specially recorded track by Blur is being sent out to inform the space agency that it has arrived safely. Considering how Blur's career has gone over the last couple of years i will remain sceptical :wink:
 
#6
Shotgun - just noticed your avatar. Nice one. Had me chuckling anyway!
 
#8
They've put a man on the moon, we've currently stacked half a billion into mars - emmmm
 
#10
I was quoting something i heard on sky, sorry i have no evidence of its validity. No need to get personal Maddog - serious thread, and i really dont understand the term "spanker"
 
#12
I would say your calling of names is personal, your oppinion on the thread is always valid
 
#13
boney_m said:
I would say your calling of names is personal, your oppinion on the thread is always valid
I think the reason he thinks you're a bit silly is because the whole Beagle 2 project cost around 35million, and not half a billion, and it was all private money.
 
#14
I see that Shotgun (and respect to your avatar by the way), according to yahoo news the cost of the beagal project was 100 million, and there was an "expert" on sky news tonight saying that we had put 600 million into space research within the last 10 years.

I admit that my post was misleeding, and i retract it - but at the very least we have ploughed 100 million into the face of mars, can you think of a better way to spend that money? I know i can ( apart from the stella fest and cheap women :wink: )
 
#15
Not really up to us, as most of it was private money. It cost a total of £40 million, £6 million being from the government and the rest from private investors. £6 million will not solve bugger all, but the Mars mission was a good idea, and still is, that is the reason why we are racing the USA for it.

Name calling, what a lark.
 
#19
A prime example of what happens when a perfectly reasonable British idea hits the buffers of beaurocratic intransigence and cost cutting. The original design was twice as heavy and much more reliable but ESA minions halved the mass budget for it (trying to get the idea dropped) and the Gov't refused serious funding.
 

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