DailyDirt: Unusual Places Made More Accessible

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Yesterday, we pointed out some links on space exploration. In honor of Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight, here are some projects that are opening up other hard-to-reach places to the masses. Communism, FTW…?

By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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Yuri's Night

Unfortunately, Yuri’s Night was 4/12.

So in celebration, here is a link to the spinoffs of US technology that is used in space.


Thing is, no one pays attention to all of the benefits of space travel. Rather, we take it for granted.

Thing such as plastics, communication, and even the engineers of Google were all possible from trying to find ways to beat Russia to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Sadly, those days seem to be at an end.

But it’s worth it to see what the next few years of technology in private space travel can bring.

Michael Hosays:

Re: Re: Yuri's Night

Thanks, Jay, for pointing out some of the spinoff benefits from the Space Race…

But it’s not “sad” to see the end of the Cold War, is it? It just means that technology is getting harder to develop at the same rate because it’s already so advanced. If we could keep up the same pace, we’d hit the Singularity pretty soon. ๐Ÿ˜›


Re: Re: Re: Re: Yuri's Night

I view it as great competition actually.

Right now, we don’t have the government trying to push for Mars Travel which won’t cost tens of billions, but it may only cost ~15-20B. That’s perhaps a lot less than what we spend on the new Navy Rail Gun that’s been firing!

There have been a great many number of developments that came from space traveling with the Ruskies. I just wish we could do more to look around other planets. There’s plenty to explore without robots taking all of the glory. ๐Ÿ™‚

Michael Hosays:

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Yuri's Night

I’m not in a huge rush for putting people on other planets… I think we should focus on creating a self-sustaining artificial environment that people could live in permanently. So no more space stations with “supply shipments” going up to them.

Once we figured that out, then people could just go anywhere in the solar system as long as the radiation/zeroG/boredom didn’t kill them first….

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