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David Wagner
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5/31/2015 | 11:29:28 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
@imapactnow- Well, to a certain extent, the answer is yes, some people did imagine it as they were working on it 20 years ago to make it happen about 10 years ago (give or take). But NASA has a slightly different issue. To a certain extent, they don't the bleeding edge. They need reliable, tested answers that won't blow up in space. So everything they use in 20 years needs to be developed in the next 5 to 10 (at least in a lab setting). That's why it is such a useful document fo rus to look at it. It is our nearer future.
impactnow
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5/31/2015 | 12:34:43 AM
Re: The things we will invent and discover

I agree the broad ideas might be on target but how do we fully anticipate where technology will take us. Would any of us had imagined a tablet or smartphone 20 years ago? The implications are significant.

Broadway0474
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5/28/2015 | 11:00:09 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
impactnow, you got to assume that some of the technological needs are so massive and so obvious, even looking 20-30 years ahead, that NASA can't get them wrong. And I agree with the point about hoping humans are included in the plans. Sure, space travel is risky, but no great gains in humanity have been made without risk.
kstaron
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5/28/2015 | 4:53:03 PM
The push yields results
Finally a real plan. I'm excited about the possibilities of what may come from the obstacles that currently prevent us from getting to Mars and back again. Collaborative robotics seems like it could have huge implications in hazardous work environments. Makes me glad my daughter is interested in robotics. There was so much that came from the push to get to the moon, I imagine the push to get to Mars will come up with some great things. IT solutions aside I think there may be some great water and oxygen reclaimation advances along with alternate fuel and eventually things like artifical photosynthesis. Looks like we might see some interesting developments in the next few years.
impactnow
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5/27/2015 | 4:57:48 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
It's a very interesting list especially with all of the budget cuts that NASA has endured . I am fascinated that they are able to envision technology that will help them achieve these missions especially given the pace the technology has evolved over the past 20 years . Time will tell if they anticipated all that they needed or technology will expedite their plans .
Gary_EL
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5/27/2015 | 12:41:23 AM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
One certain spin-off is more free energy than the planet earth can possibly use. If we just pick an area out in space where an installation will never block any sunlight that's destined for earth, we can collect the energy, change it into microwaves or laser power, and beam it down to the earth. The solar cells can be a few atoms thick because there will be few structural restraints in zero G. It may be heresy to say this on an IT website, but I hope we don't favor automatic systems over humans - even at the speed of (almost) light, it'll be a long time until anyone on earth can react to a need 10's or 100's of millions of miles away.
Broadway0474
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5/26/2015 | 10:14:47 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
David, that's a great point about the power of NASA. Their strategic plan becomes like a number of innovation tournaments, which focus and inspire entrepreneurs and free thinkers to create the needed technology ... and then some. Just gotta hope that NASA knows what it will take to make its vision a reality, right?
Stratustician
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5/22/2015 | 3:41:07 PM
Re: The things we will invent and discover
i don't know if any of your folks saw but alongside a super top-secret unmanned shuttle which looks like it will lead the way for robotic space exploration, there was another really cool project called the Solar Sail which went up to start it's first tests.

Think of the ability to explore without the need to endanger humans, and be able to travel with just solar energy or even solar winds.  Hopefully that will inspire another wave of transportation here on the blue planet.
Charlie Babcock
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5/22/2015 | 2:52:14 PM
What to save, what to throw away?
Yes, Dave, data triage is necessary as spacecraft get further from earth and encounter planets or other objects that disrupt transmissions. I still remember how everyone held their breath as the first Apollo mission to the moon last contact as it traversed the moon's dark side. Would Apollo reappear in orbit? Would contact be re-established? It seemed quite lovely when everything went according to plan. The outages we  experience as a craft orbits Mars are going to significantly longer.

 
SachinEE
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5/22/2015 | 1:48:41 PM
Re: Tell the future to hurry up and arrive
@whoopty: we can create an atmosphere on NASA if technology permits us that, either that, or we live under glass domes with vegetation and colonies about, like green dots on the red planet. Soon enough we would have to add "planet of birth" to our birth certificates. 
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