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Space exploration

The exploration of space is only going to get more important as time goes by. And because of the amount of money it costs, it has become quite a controversial subject. So what's your opinion on it?
Should humans be exploring space at all?
Yes
No
What are the best reasons for space exploration?
To increase our understanding of the Universe
To induce the development of useful technologies
To get more resources
To protect our civilization against natural disasters
To find extraterrestrial intelligence
To put weapons in space in case of war
To increase our civilization's population limit
To let human beings set foot outside the Earth
If you chose 'no' to the first question, what are the best reasons why we shouldn't explore space?
It costs too much money that should be used here on Earth
People will put weapons up there, making wars more destructive
People will think we're going to put weapons up there and get a bad impression.
It's biased towards large corporations and against small ones
We shouldn't damage the environment of other planets until we can fix our own up
All technology is evil because it destroys the environment
We shouldn't try to set ourselves up to rival God like with the Tower of Babel
It makes the Earth smaller by blasting material off into space
We don't want to run into intelligent aliens, just in case they're hostile
How should we go about exploring space? What should we be trying to do next?
Send people to Mars
Build a permanent base on the Moon
Send out lots of robots to the other planets in the Solar System
Build more, better space stations
Set up a system for deflecting threatening asteroids
Put weapons in space
Build a space elevator
Develop a better launch vehicle
Listen for radio signals from aliens
What do you think is currently the most interesting object as a target for spaceships?
The Sun
The Moon
Mars
Venus
Jupiter
Saturn
Uranus
Neptune
Mercury
Europa
Callisto
Io
Ganymede
Titan
The Asteroid Belt
The Kuiper Belt
Saturn's rings
Comets
Proxima Centauri
Earthlike extrasolar planets (like Gliese 581 c)
Neutron stars
Black holes
The center of the Milky Way
The Sagittarius Dwarf
The Andromeda Galaxy
The Virgo galactic cluster
The center of the Universe
Where in the Solar System do you think we would be most likely to discover extraterrestrial life?
The Moon
Mars
Venus
Jupiter
Saturn
Europa
Io
Callisto
Ganymede
Titan
Comets
The Sun
How common do you think intelligent life is in the Universe?
Very common, as we can see from the fact that they've already landed on Earth
Relatively common (above 1000000 in our galaxy)
Not so common (20000 to 1000000 in our galaxy)
Somewhat rare (300 to 20000 in our galaxy)
Very rare (2 to 300 in our galaxy)
We are alone in the galaxy
We are alone in the Universe
There are no intelligent civilizations at all
This poll was created on 2006-08-21 19:05:25 by green_meklar