Re: SPACE: Beyond Apollo (was: a to-do list for the next century)

Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 06:55:39 MDT

In a message dated 4/3/00 4:08:56 AM Central Daylight Time, writes:

> I'll buy the "aesthetic nostalgia" argument, but can you come
> up with a "rational" argument for leaving useful computronium
> in a nonuseful form at the bottom of a gravity well?

EVENTUALLY? No. But having just read a fairly in-depth (pardon the pun)
account of the geological work that was done by the Apollo lunar explorers, I
can say that 1) there is a LOT to learn from in-situ, fine-grained
exploration of just about every planetary body and 2) it's impossible to
predict what we CAN learn from such investigation a priori. Is such
knowledge more valuable than what we can do with the computronium in the
meantime? I don't know, but eternity is a LONG time . . .

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