JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/04/ok-this-is-cool.html (18 comments)

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jsid-1207060496-590146  knirirr at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 14:34:56 +0000

Do you support this organisation? The founder's book has got some excellent information on how to colonise Mars on the cheap.

jsid-1207062072-590148  Sebastian at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 15:01:12 +0000

They will have to solve the $2000 per pound problem first. You hit a lower limit on that cost with fuel, which is about $50 per pound. No doubt a buttload cheaper, but putting something big in orbit is going to be pretty pricey.

jsid-1207065145-590149  Markadelphia at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 15:52:25 +0000

"I still want to see viable colonies elsewhere in the solar system before I shuffle off this mortal coil.."

Agreed. You might be interested in this book...


What happened to our homes on Mars? Our flying cars?

jsid-1207067177-590150  Russell at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 16:26:17 +0000

Bah, I'm in the Earth First! group.

We can strip mine the other planets later...

jsid-1207077670-590159  Rob at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 19:21:10 +0000

What Russell said...

jsid-1207084575-590168  Larry at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 21:16:15 +0000

Asteroids in a near Earth-crossing orbit would be a lot easier and more lucrative. One nickel-iron asteroid a couple miles across has a LOT of metal! Nice to dream. It's raining soup out there, we just need to build bowls to catch it in.

jsid-1207085566-590169  geekWithA.45 at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 21:32:46 +0000

Well, I'm on record as saying that eventually, the sun WILL (not can, not might, but WILL) expand into a red giant , eventually engulfing the orbit of the earth.

Therefore, I have concluded that the planet, indeed, the entire sol system, is 100% expendable, down to the very last molecule, towards the goal of getting us the hell out of here.

Of course, expending 100% of the system towards, say, binge drinking wouldn't be prudent. ;)

jsid-1207093168-590171  markm at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 23:39:28 +0000

Earth first.
Then the asteroids.
Only then do we need to start on Mars.
And maybe by that time, we'll be able to just blow Jupiter apart and make more asteroids...

jsid-1207094046-590172  Draven at Tue, 01 Apr 2008 23:54:06 +0000


Jupiter is mostly hydrogen and helium, mark.

Besides, there's enough metal in the belt 'roids to last centuries....

Here's a f'rinstance- if we brought one average 'roid' into a minable position and mined it, there would be enough raw materials in that one 'roid to bring everyone on the planet up to our standard of living for ten years.




jsid-1207097916-590177  Sebastian at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 00:58:36 +0000

Is there oil in dem dar 'roids?

jsid-1207101161-590182  geekWithA.45 at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 01:52:41 +0000

Draven, the problem, as I see it, is the unscheduled and unmoderated delivery of one 'roid, a problem we're actually within striking distance of being able to do something about.

jsid-1207101597-590183  Draven at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 01:59:57 +0000

Geek, we're probably the first living things on this planet to be able to prevent extinction due to a 'roid impact.

Sebastian, not oil, but metals. Every metal you can think of. Iron, aluminum, gold, titanium, platinum, etc etc etc.

jsid-1207102754-590185  Sebastian at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 02:19:14 +0000

We need 'roids with oil so we can drill it and make hippies cry.

jsid-1207145045-590200  Kevin Baker at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 14:04:05 +0000

We need 'roids with oil so we can drill it and make hippies cry.

I'd rather build nuke plants. It makes 'em cry harder.

jsid-1207160097-590212  Stephen R at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 18:14:57 +0000

Yeah, Kev, I think it's fake.

But really, fill out the questionnaire.

jsid-1207180204-590230  Russell at Wed, 02 Apr 2008 23:50:04 +0000

Could we nuke 'roids and get oil from that?

That'd make them cry.

jsid-1207253400-590277  markm at Thu, 03 Apr 2008 20:10:00 +0000

Draven, Jupiter's got to have a large solid core down under the gasses and liquids, otherwise what would have generated the gravity field that got them to stick? Admittedly, it would be quite a lot easier to blow Mars apart, and IIRC that would more than replace everything in the asteroid belt. It's hauling metal or ore up from a gravity well like Mars that is truly nuts.

jsid-1207291260-590302  Draven at Fri, 04 Apr 2008 06:41:00 +0000

There are several theories on the consistency of Jupiter's core. One is a diamond the size of Earth. Another is a mix of metallic hydrogen and helium.

And Hydrogen gas can attract itself. See "Stars"

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