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Do you think space exploration should be with people or just robots?


I've always thought this too.

The point of robotic space exploration is to find out what is out there in the most cost effective manner possible.

The point of human space exploration is not the spinoff technology, or 'avoiding extinction'. (Yes, it would be nice. No, it's not going to motivate mankind.)

The point of human space exploration is to learn how to live in space and make something out of it, so that we humans can expand our range. The end goal is colonies of some sort. My hope is that once we can build our own habitats on other planets, in which we can live indefinitely, we'll find reasons to want to.

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