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Fly me to the moon…or as close as you can get me…

October 30, 2012
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For some, space travel and exploration may appear to be a relic of the 60s and 70s when people were landing on the moon and animals were orbiting the earth, and of course human achievement was celebrated with aplomb. Still, in the twenty-first century, despite what may appear as a distinct lack of activity above our atmosphere, space exploration is still a subject that attracts much attention both from the public and the media.

There have been many good examples recently:

– The retirement of the US space shuttle programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19935264)

– The succesful landing of the Curiosity Rover and its subsequent exploration of the Martian soil and surroundings, which cost over 1.5 million dollars. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/aug/06/nasa-curiosity-rover-lands-mars)

– Korea’s third failed launch of its satellite Naro last Friday, which has purportedly cost upwards of 500 million US dollars (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9632334/South-Korea-in-third-bid-to-launch-first-domestic-rocket.html & http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/10/26/rocket-launch-delayed-after-fuel-line-leak-found/)

– Felix Baumgartner’s 39 kilometre freefall from the edge of space where he broke the sound barrier, an amazing achievement which was sponsored by an energy drink. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19943590)

This last event inspired this meme to spread around the internet!

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Your task this week is to write a detailed paragraph on one of the following topics:

1 – If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

2 – What is the future for commercial bodies in the development of space travel and exploration?

3 – Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

4 – Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

5 – What achievement would you like to see humanity achieve in the course of the next ten years? (This question has been changed slightly, if you have commented already you do not need to change your entry – Conor 10/31 11:50am)!

Remember to include a suitable topic sentence and concluding sentence for each paragraph, and to follow the instructions carefully. It is advised that you read some of the links included in this post to give you a proper understanding of the subject.

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42 Comments leave one →
  1. Artpen permalink
    October 31, 2012 12:18 am

    Prof Todd:

    In your lifetime, what achievement would you like to see humanity achieve?

    Creation of Cyborgs
    (INDENT) Have you ever imagined overcoming your limits but you couldn’t because the human body is weaker than what you thought? Humans have a limited capacity in their bodies and they always needed help from the machines. What I would like to see humanity to achieve is the unification of machine and human body, so called Cyborg. Imagine how easy life will be if you have cybernetic legs that never gets tired. Or cybernetic arms with so much strength that can lift 1 ton. But the most relevant development would be an artificial memory chip for the brain. With this memory chip you can remember anything you want until you erase that memory. In my opinion, if humans wants to advance in technology, first they must research for Cyborgs.

    • Fresh permalink
      October 31, 2012 2:27 am

      Title : A New World : Papillon

  2. Olivia Min permalink
    November 2, 2012 1:24 am

    Some people may think that space travel is waste of money, but I think it is worthwhile investment in a long term. There are a lot of reasons for government to invest in this area, but the most common reason is that it has infinite potential. Unless it belongs to an individual, it has boundless possibility to be developed. It belongs to nobody, so anyone could have it and get strong national power as they study on it. Another reason is that we can search the facts which are useful to humanity by sending space exploration to the space. We can find out the existence of unknown living things, origin of the universe, and the atmosphere environment around the universe. And then, we can come up with ideas about new natural resources or imagine how the earth gonna be in the future. These simple steps are early preparation for the time when the Earth cannot support people anymore. In other words, from the development point of view, space travel industry is not a waste of money. Finally, it seems like they are just pouring the money into space industry, but it may be wrong. To develop this area, we need someone to work on it. So, there will be some places, demanding workers; which means it will bring job creation opportunities and economic growth in the end. Also, if we get space industry technology earlier than any other competing countries, we can sell it as goods and can earn money by selling it. As you have seen, the government is not wasting the money. They might be just waiting for a chance to get strong national power in this area.

    • Olivia Min permalink
      November 2, 2012 1:26 am

      Prof. Todd

      Question 3
      Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

  3. Zhansaya +C permalink
    November 2, 2012 2:17 am

    Why is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    Humanity can spend all the money that had been invested in exploring the space on things that are more important for us on the Earth.
    The space race which began at 20th century between the Soviet Union and United States still continues and involves almost all the countries from all over the world.
    Even the countries that cannot provide their population with enough water or food also compete in this race. It just become like a fashion, looking for another inhabitable planet, or exploring and trying to find out whether there were inhabitants or if the planet may have supported life. In my opinion, this is really silly and immature, I mean, just following the mainstream without stable economy.

    • November 2, 2012 10:40 am

      Could you elaborate on this a little more with some examples, please?

      • Zhansaya +C permalink
        November 2, 2012 3:46 pm

        Let’s think about space program of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). The population entirely depends on World Food Programme (WFP). North Korea is in its worst food crisis since the famine in the 1990s. World Food Program (WFP) feeds millions of vulnerable people suffering from high food prices and successive poor harvests. Nevertheless, North Korea continues attempts to convince the world that it can launch spacecraft. The country’s government probably does not want to think about its citizens, but only about the military position in the world.

  4. handcream permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:34 am

    Professor Todd

    Question 3
    Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    Although the percentage of first shooting a SLV(Space Launch Vehicle) is only 27%, how come the world eager to invest the space? First, it is because the space industry have awful ripple effect on economy. For example, supply and demand of the car navigation market, which needs GPS with high-technology, is soaring explosively. Another reason of investing space industry is that it’s useful to human life. Many things -sports footwear, sunglasses, water purifier, computer, cleaner and MRI equipment of hospital- are all by-products of spacecraft technology. Finally, space industry could promote a nation status invaluably. It also has a point of scientific approval all of the world. Even if the space industry doesn’t have a profit directly, the world is devoting a it and this investment would give great benefit to our life in many ways.

    • November 2, 2012 10:45 am

      What has a nations status got to do with anything? Nation status is a very imperial notion which seems to be cropping up more and more these days as an excuse for localised international conflicts. Surely space travel would be more useful as a means of encouraging more collaboration.

  5. Niles permalink
    November 2, 2012 5:08 pm

    Professor:Todd

    1 – If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    Space industry has been one of the most important things in the future. Every advanced country already had joined universe and in a case of American, they are continuously develop a space. Now, Korea also has to do one’s best to space development.
    If I am president of Korea, I will give more aid.
    Firstly, space industry is used a lot of money. So It could not be private enterprise. Therefore the country should support and I will invest much money space project.
    Secondly, I will send them to study in advanced country who young scientist about universe. They are future of Korea space project.
    Finally, even if I fail a rocket launch in universe, I will try to keep. Until now, we already had failed three times. But we are keep trying so that success. This is the most important thing.

  6. Ourabi + C permalink
    November 2, 2012 8:38 pm

    Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    Generally, people think the money used for producing space travel is very expensive and using the money on space travel is a waste. It seem that it is right to spend the money at home rather than on space travel. But I think space travel is one of the most important things for governments to do in spite of the problem that much money should be used.

    Why will we spend the money on space travel? First, there are a plenty of resources in space. We are faced with the resource crisis. Oil and coal will be depleted. We have to make alternative resources. We could find it in space.

    Second, we get the possibility we can get hint for our future resources and energy. as We know unknown matter in other planet, we will understand the matter for earth. But commonly, people has a trait that they can’t invest things that we can’t get benefit immediately. It is a fault. We should invest the money on developing space and other planet to get the possibility that we do not see but is very important.

  7. yiji+c permalink
    November 2, 2012 9:55 pm

    1 – If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    If i were a president of korea, first, i do launch ‘Naro’ with only korea technology. Because if we use only korea technology, our nation can impress to world space market. Also,it can upgrade korea status. Second, i cultivate young space scientist. As a result, korea future of science is bright. For that i promote bringing up gifted children. Also i will do teach more earth science for normal students. I will try to attract all korean’s attention about space science.

    • November 3, 2012 9:24 pm

      Can you explain what you mean ‘promote bringing up gifted children’? Also, what do you mean by earth science?

      Frankly, I think it is very unfair to categorise people as gifted or normal, as if only gifted students want to astronauts. Placing this kind of pressure on young students is already the cause of enough problems in Korea without forcing more difficulty.

  8. Dalin(T) permalink
    November 2, 2012 11:17 pm

    Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    Professor, Todd

    It is true that space travel requires incredibly high cost. In 2003, National Aeronautics and Space Administration`s budget was 15 billion dollars while the number of people who earned less than one dollar a day were more than one billion. However, I think it is worthwhile to put a constant effort to space travel for a couple of reasons. First of all, space travel investment brings us a number of ripple effects in technology. For example, smart phone is the most typical one. Smart phone is based on a high-speed communications network which has been developed for space work previously. In addition, a space shuttle program results in over 100 kinds of new technologies in industry areas such as identification system, a mechanical heart, and so on. Second, developing space is a series of exertion to keep trying to optimize the use of space resources. In Earth, some resources which are essential for human life such as petroleum are no longer available in the near future. It means that we need to find alternatives to sustain our life. Space resources can be a solution for this problem. Space is vast and has immense resources. Therefore, it is important to carry forward a space travel regardless of cost.

  9. Tank permalink
    November 2, 2012 11:41 pm

    Prof. Todd
    4 – Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    Have you ever expected we’ll use a cellphone with touch screen (be known as ‘smart phone’)? We never didn’t expect it before 10 years ago. So we don’t expect near future, that is to say ‘space race’ is possible in 21st century, I’ll explain this. Firstly, we have launched many artifical satelite only during 40 years. It opened some possiblity of space industry. Next, it provide a development of overall industry to each country. To develop space industry, they tried to hard another industry, finally it support diverse development. Final, it boost our academical process. Everybody dreamed something like flying or going to space, it isn’t dream anymore. Furturmore, it can be a source of academical invention. Maybe we can find different substance or something clue of existence. In sum, to study the space isn’t silly, it is academical interest. It makes our lives more rich.

    • November 3, 2012 9:26 pm

      This question doesn’t call into question the notion of a space race. A space race is when two or more countries compete to achieve a goal, such as launching a satelite into space as is the case with North and South Korea.

  10. Jin permalink
    November 2, 2012 11:56 pm

    prof. todd

    1 – If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    Although space industry is great expensive area, it has a lot of potential. This space industry
    exerts influence on not only space itself but on most of industry. If I were a president, I would establish a diverse policy. Firstly, I try to cultivate human resources who can lead space industry. The reason that korean space industry doesn’t develop is not a korean people are stupid and haven’t a strong will about space science but many talented people has not chance to study and work for space industry. So, I will offer a talented student financial sport. For example, I set up laboratory in several university. In laboratory, many students can doing practice about theory they learned in the classroom. Secondly, I stretch a space industry budget. Space industry’s development effect on military, commerce, sightseeing. For instance, NASA’s shape memory alloy technologies are developed for spacecraft. But, this technology is used in various field such as medicine, clothing industry. In conclusion, If I were a president, I should cultivate human resource associated with space science and invest space industry for national development.

  11. Ronie permalink
    November 3, 2012 12:07 am

    4 – Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    Professor Todd.

    I think the idea of a 21st century “space race” is not silly or immature. We, humanity, invented many things and has been developing hight technologies. Though humanity, as a land animals, is based on land, investing to space programme is important. Especially, I can say investing to space programme is related to military. A country has strong military power could survive in the present and the future too.
    During the Cold War era, USA and USSR competed for being ahead of each other. They tried to send astrounats to space or explore moons or other stars. In this process, USA and USSR wanted to combine space programme and military technologies. For example, a spy satellite was required. Basically, it was used to take photographs of the earth but could be used to keep watch hositile countries. Once, they were dveloping weapons to attack spy satellites. Here are some products of space race : Supersonic Intercontinental cruise missile(stopped project), ‘Navajo’, a spacecraft with wings, ‘X-Dyna-Soar'(stopped in the process of making replica), Mig105(a test flight) and etc.
    As I mentioned some examples of military aspects of space race, space race does not mean only scientific fields. Space race may be representative of the status of a country because many technologies and studies are applied. To be competitive country, space race should not ne ignored as silly and immature thoughts.

    • November 3, 2012 9:32 pm

      But is it necessary to compete to invent these things? Would collaboration not be a far more fruitful exercise? in the 21st century do you not think that nation status is a term reminiscent of imperialism. So called nation status does nothing for anyone except for politicians. And while you cite military achievements, they have no baring on my own life and I would prefer to see examples of how these have benefited society, not the participating nations’ military forces.

  12. sally permalink
    November 3, 2012 12:13 am

    Korea’s space industry development’s level is low in comparison with other countries’ level like China, India and Japanese and so on.  But Korea’s space program must be supported actively. I think space development’s level means power of nation. Our society have been suffered from the lack of resource and environment pollution and these problems are common worries of all countries. So we have to develop alternative resource. In movies avatar and 2012, we can see the people discover alternative resource in space. Like this, we have to research and develop space industry. So if I was president of Korea, I would emphasize space’s potential and reinforce space industry.  For it, I’d like to plan long-term project about cultivating talented people in space area and advertise space industry’s power. So I will inform the importance of space industry firstly.

    • sally permalink
      November 3, 2012 12:17 am

      Professor.Todd
      1. If you were the president of korea, what would you do about korea’s space programme?

  13. hehe + C permalink
    November 3, 2012 12:18 am

    4. why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?
    I think it is important to invest space industry in 21st century. Human are live in earth now but earth is contaminated by human. In the near future, we need another residence for live not earth. Therefore, space industry is one of the promising industry.
    Many nations have been realizing that fact. For example, there are a lot of satellites in the universe. Also, there is an organization for space, NASA. It works well continuelly. And Korea government tries to launch ‘Naroho’. These are evidences for space race which is still popular in 21st century. So ‘space race’ is not silly and immature in now.
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    • November 3, 2012 9:33 pm

      This does not appropriately address the notion of a space race.

  14. Shirley+C permalink
    November 3, 2012 12:50 am

    3. Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    Space industry is essential for developing national power in this age. The money spent on space travel is very massive at first. But investment on space industry is not vain. It can bring economic effects and raise national competitiveness. Developing technologies in space industry relates with information and communications, electronics and mechanics. I mean space industry has many connections in various industries. For this reason, our country can expand employment. Also, having our country’s own technology means that it can have independence in defense. We need not depend on other countries to gain important information if we could make our own projectile. In 2008, there was the first astronaut named ‘이소연’ in Korea. This event gave a foothold to become powerful in space industry. There are not many countries which has space technologies until now. So, we need to develop the space industry. Space industry will make our country a global leader.

  15. yoon +c permalink
    November 3, 2012 2:02 am

    . 4. why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    I think that the idea of a 21st century “space race” is not silly and immature. “Space race” is needed to the future of our lives. First, recently resources we have are being stretched thin. If things come to this stage, we may start a war because of accounting for resources. So we should find substitute resources to prepare the future. Substitute resources may be existed in the space so it’s good obtaining resources space have through “space race”. Second, we rapidly have a growing population. In the future, we have to cope with a global population crisis. So if we have “space race”, we can transplant some people to the space. I think that it is the best way of preparing a population explosion. So we should develop the space to live there for people. We can solve the housing problem and the territorial problem by “space race”. Finally, a space development is related to the high-tech industry. We can exploit the satellite and the rocket by using the high-tech industry. Also we may accumulate extensive knowledge through the satellite and the rocket. That is, the more we develop space, the more we hold our place as a highly industrialized country in the world. For these reasons, we shoud develop the space to join the ranks of advanced countries.

    • Woopia permalink
      November 3, 2012 2:11 am

      professor: Todd
      Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?
      During ‘The cold war’, U.S. and USSR was racing all of the fields. And ‘space race’ was one of the important things for their competition. And this competition was very practical our technology. For example, satellite is helping for us. -like a smart phone, TV, etc. However, In my opinion, Space race is very foolish thing in these days. As you know, all of th nations in the earth has a big problem. Like a ‘Occupy Wall Street’, economic depression. – especially conflict between rich and poor. I think we should solve this problem first. If we do not solve this problem, the society will be destroyed. – And we can’t research the ‘space’. Furthermore, this kind of research we need a lot of money. And we need a lot of time, too. so, If we want to about space, we need more stable circumstance. Definitely, we have a problem in the future. Especially, the trash of the space. In case of artificial satellite, – if can not use more- we don’t have anyway to solve this problem. And this satellite garbage makes problem. Like a crash accident with space ship, destroyed other satellite. So I think before we go to the space we have to think about us, space problems.

    • November 3, 2012 9:34 pm

      This answer does not address the issue of a space race.

  16. Nox + C permalink
    November 3, 2012 4:20 pm

    Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    There are many people who doubt if it is worthwhile to invest in development of space travel. They have made argument against the investment, insisting that it is worth more to use the expense for other things, such as helping the poor than the investment in space. However, I think the investment is necessary to make better world because research on space travel can have a great effect throughout the economy. First, the space industry can bring all sorts of advance in other areas including electricity, electron, chemical engineering, and new material. Because the research on space is a comprehensive study dealing with these subjects. We can develop other industries significantly by investing space travel. Second, the achievements in space travel can enhance the Korea’s position on the space developments, so it will bring vast economical benefits to our countries. As a result, it is worthwhile to invest in space travel, because of these points of economical benefits.

  17. Jacob permalink
    November 3, 2012 8:57 pm

    Pro.Todd
    Q. What achievement would you like to see humanity achieve in the course of the next ten years?

    Well, i was always thinking about this topic and i have two ideas. Fisr if that what if we use space of the ‘space(universe)’. Land that we can use in the earth is limited and the space is the only alternatve. We can not fill all the ocean with the sand. So maybe in ten years, we can make another artificial earth or some planet that we can live. Furthermore, maybe we can just walk all around the universe. We can travel to Mars for summer vacation and in winter we can go for a picnic to the Sun. Also since the distance between the earth and other planet is far, we could teleport to the another place.
    Second is that, maybe in ten years robots will be used widely in any aspects. Probably, robots that do our homework insteadly will be investigated. In children’s day, the kids might tell parents that they want to have homework robot.
    Like these, future is unlimited and lots of invention will come. And i hope our future would be more incredible.

  18. lhnhsms C permalink
    November 3, 2012 10:46 pm

    Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    It is worthwhile that invest to space travel and space exploration. Even though it cost a lot of money, there are positive benefits from it. First, Earth is becoming increasingly polluted. There are many limited resources such as fuel, petroleum. In future, if governments keep developing and investing to space travel and exploration, and find new planets to get available materials. Second, as you know space travel and exploration are regarded as competitive in global world. The development of space exploration would help increase the country’s status. Also, if our country’s space explration find new sttategies and skills and looked up from other countries, it would be very proud and of course effective to our country’s status, economies and medias. for these reasons, Space travel and explorations are worthwhile to invest.

  19. harry permalink
    November 4, 2012 1:13 am

    5 – What achievement would you like to see humanity achieve in the course of the next ten years?

    Professor:Todd

    It is incredible that people use many innovation goods like smart phone, tablet pc, and so on. The world is changing very quickly and also it will be altered by another things. So humanity will achieve three things in the course of the next ten years. First of all, IT industry will hold a lead all market such as car, cell phone, and so on. For example, Google has a very potential power to make phone, car, etc. Samsung and Apple can be lose the lead by Google, if Google, this company has more technology and factory. Second, most people will use smartgrid and new regeneration energy. It is not easy and cheap to use smartgrid and new regeneration energy today. but after 10 years, the technology will be advanced and they will be supplied universally. Finally the environment will be better than today. It also be advanced by technology like low-carbon green growth and system like energy efficiency management program. Although the Arctic is dangerous nowadays, It will be overcome by technology and system. In these reasons, humanity will be improved next ten years and people have to try develop innovated technology and system.

  20. Ann C permalink
    November 4, 2012 2:17 am

    3 – Space travel is clearly expensive and there is no doubt that the money spent by domestic governments on space travel could be used more productively at home, but how can governments and world leaders prove to doubters that it is a worthwhile investment?

    There are 3 big reasons that we should explore and invest the space.
    First, as the population of earth increases, it becomes hard for people to live peacefully just as few years ago. Because, many crimes starts to show up that didn’t happen in the past, as the number of people increases. So, we should try to explore the space for dispersing and making people to live calmly.
    Secondly, as we know, resources in earth almost become exhausted. So, we should invest on the space to find new resources.
    And lastly, after million years, the sun will become so big that it can absorb the earth. So, we should explore the space if we want our descendants to live.
    These three things can prove to doubters that investing money on space is worthwhile investment.

  21. christine permalink
    November 4, 2012 2:32 pm

    Prof Todd:

    5 – What achievement would you like to see humanity achieve in the course of the next ten years?

    Nowadays, smartphone technologies has been improving for human’s convenience :thinner devices, bigger screens, more useful skills. As we can see these trends, there are 3 achievements for smartphones to get. First of all, smartphone will get same ability with computers. Actually people put computing ability to phones, and it’s called as smartphone. We can get same computer services in smartphone. But capacity is limited in smartphone now. But we will see that smartphones get same ability with computers in respect of RAM. Next, smartphones will get some abilities that can read thinking in human’s head. Phones can get what owner wants and do it without people’s physical movement. Lastly, smartphone will be more thinner and thinner, and we will be able to carry phones in our purse. Maybe phones can work instead of credit cards, so we don’t have to carry cards or cash in our pocket. Clearly, smartphone technologies will improve increasingly for human’s convenience.

  22. marlcocoroz permalink
    November 4, 2012 8:10 pm

    If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    If i were the president of Korea, Maybe I will think that budget on space programme is not effective. First of all, There is a trait that spce science had. If some country want to just ‘start’ space programme, They will in need enormous amount of money. Moreover the result of this programme is tentative either. Secondly, We already need money in existing industry and policy. For example, We already initiate several future industry like ‘alternative energy’, ‘renewable energy’. So there is no money to spare another future programme. As a result, We already have more safe way to use money. and we have no money and time to spare this programme. So if i were the president of Korea, I will reduce the scale of space programme and use money on more effective and less gambling things

  23. Orange juice permalink
    November 4, 2012 9:00 pm

    Professor:Todd

    1 – If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    I was interested in astronomical phenomena since I was young.
    I was thrown into ecstasy when I saw the picture of Moon or earth, and nowdays also….. when I see the picture like them, the fantastic spectacles are beyond my description!
    I could see a part of earth, the “BlurMarble..” in VOD the Soyuz which So-Yoen,Lee was boarded in April 8th.
    so, If I were president, I will support scientist to develop the space study.
    And, I wll succeed launch NARO. and then I let scientist invent spaceship.
    so, we can visit the moon by 2050. And maybe we can visit Mars by 2100

  24. May ( prof.Todd) permalink
    November 4, 2012 9:38 pm

    1. If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?
    Recently, NARO was lunched in Korea. do you know? Naro launch ended in failure, is the fact that everyone knows. Our satellites are very outstanding. however, our country is still inferior to the developed countries in that rocket propellant sector.
    First, If I was the president of Korea, I would improve rocket propellant sector. Our NARO hasn’t launched yet. We failed only two times ago. For example, France rockets has failed in all three times. but they not give up all, they tried to give back the remaining ingredients together again. eventually, France was successful. Korea, it is important to work to improve without giving up like France.
    Second, We need to train astronauts. We have already trained astronauts in Korean Astronaut Program. To be specific, The expected effects of the astronaut program as the result of the scientific and technical space technology, science and technology development, and ensure that youth science careers activated. It is important to generate for future astronauts constantly.
    Finally, The role of government is important. For example, government needs to financial support to expert a satellite or rocket boosters. France gave me 29 billion loan guarantee, “The Export-Import Bank of the United States played a 10 billion of direct financial.
    For these reasons, If I was the president of Korea, I would want to fulfill these things. The most important thing is an ongoing interest.

  25. We-ro permalink
    November 4, 2012 10:11 pm

    Dear professor, Todd.

    4 – Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    Since “space race” between U.S.A and the former Soviet Union was started, many countries tried to join “space race”. Is it a stupid thing and prematureness? I don’t agree that the idea of a 21st century “space race” is silly and immature. There are three reasons for it.
    First, it is untimely to tell it is silly and immature. Although the earth was considered as a square planet in the middle ages, since Ferdinand Magellan finished circumnavigating the globe, all people realized that the “the earth is round”. After that, many people tried to pioneer a new world. This race is the same. Though a space development is an opening stage, human will be able to exploit an expanse of space as a new world at some time or other.
    Second, human have gotten many inventions by the competition. For example, a space suit which stand about -120℃ ~ 130℃ heat of the moon was developed. It is have been being applied in a developing of clothings such as a firefighter’s wearing, a winter clothes and a battle dress. Making these clothes, people’s life have been more comfortable.
    Finally, the possibility of space infinites. NASA said that initial experiments showed the mineralogy of Martian soil is similar to basaltic soils of volcanic origin in Hawaii on Tuesday Oct. 30, 2012. It imply that there may be extraterrestrial life on Mars or human may be able to live in Mars.
    For these reasons, I assert the idea of a 21st century “space race” is smart, seasonable.

  26. kelly permalink
    November 4, 2012 11:41 pm

    1. If you were the president of Korea, what would you do about Korea’s space programme?

    The level of space skill in Korea is low-level. Korea has tried launch of satellite in three times. The first attempt, South Korea began its space programme in 2002 with the aim of putting its own satellites into orbit, but was deemed a failure. The second attempt, in June 2010, ended in disaster when the rocket exploded just over 2 minutes after being launched. On Korea’s third failed launch of its satellite Naro last Friday, The rocket suffered a failure in its third stage separation and fell into the sea between the Korean peninsula and Japan about a minute after the launch. If I were the president of Korea, I do raise professionals and space company. The success of advanced space nations depend on government’s policy that is determined and continuous. But, Korea’s government does not. So, to develop space skill, I think raising professionals and space company is very important thing.

  27. Kitty+ C permalink
    November 7, 2012 8:39 pm

    4 – Why or why not is the idea of a 21st century “space race” silly and immature?

    There is a reason why the “space race” is not silly and immature idea. the reason is this. from that race, space industry can be develop more fast and wide. Because if we cooperate with every country, there is no motive to develop the space. this principle is like the difference democracy between communism. There is no one who make an endeavor to get profits for everyone. development of space must be the competition so that industry nations could get motivate and develop the space more fast. In short term, it sounds only few countries would get profit of that. but in the long run, it helps to make human’s dreams come true earlier. and finally, every countries will enjoy the space life. The idea of “space race” is natural idea and it is necessary for speed of space develop.

    • Kitty+ C permalink
      November 7, 2012 8:41 pm

      I thought I posted this right but now I know that mine have not posted .. so I did again

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