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The deep-lodged problems with the BART system
In my opinion, and I believe the facts bear me out on this, we are being swindled by our transit planners...
40 Years after Apollo 11: This brings us to now...
So, I've already talked about how we're kind of screwed in terms of space exploration, some of the political considerations, launch costs, and some potential things to do in space. If you ask a person on the street how much money we spend on NASA, they'll give you a huge number, generally between ten and fifteen percent of the federal budget. However, the reality is that we spend far less than one percent of the budget on space exploration...
Space based solar power: Eliminating the need for power transfer
I tend to believe that the true usefulness of exploration doesn't become apparent until much later. Consider that the Europeans came to America to find India and access one set of resources... but ended up colonizing America instead. On the other hand, to justify any big project, you need something palatable to draw people''s attention. One popular reason to build space infrastructure, besides the simple need for exploration, has been solar power. Such systems usually involve the construction of large solar arrays and microwave transmitters to beam the power to earth. I would like to propose an simpler alternative...