Benefits of space access (was Re: From the NSS LIST)

From: Adrian Tymes (
Date: Wed Aug 01 2001 - 22:08:26 MDT

Randy Smith wrote:
> But as for the space flight is that going to help us become immortal? What I wonder
> is whether this thing can provide a cheap energy source or a better form of *earthly*
> transportation.

Solar power satellites could make a great energy source - if only it
were economical to deploy them. Being able to get stuff into space
cheaply might make this possible. It'd also open up a lot of
potentially cheaper material resources (asteroid/lunar mining), with
similar benefits.

If things take a turn for the much worse, we could set up a refuge in
space with very little possibility of those who would hunt us down
being able to touch us once we are there.

It has been theorized that low gravity may retard natural aging, or at
least make it easier to sustain life for hearts and lungs and similar
organs that have deteriorated due to age.

That's just the ones I remember off the top of my head. Anyone else
care to list more?

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