Twenty Years Old? The International Space Station

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    Hard to realize that the Russians sent the first module, the Zarya Functional Cargo Block, into space on Nov. 20, 1998.


    We’ve come a long way. Now, not only the Russians are sending stuff up to it buy private contractors that have developed some amazing technology.


    The story is @ 20 Years Ago, Construction Began on the International Space Station
     
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    If private industry had been involved all this time we would have been mining asteroids by now and cheap space tourism. The Government should be giving out massive tax incentives to companies that invest in space.
     
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    is mining asteroids profitable?
     
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    The estimated worth of the asteroid belt is $700 quintillion.
     
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    Metals and minerals in excess of anything here on Earth.
     
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    Trump has never come over and told me to stopnmy asteroid belt mining plans....what are the regulations against me going to Mars?
     
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    ok--but that doesn't answer the question at all
    no--the technology is not there for mining asteroids profitably
     
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    SpaceX president slams space regulations: 'It requires heroics' to make minor changes
     
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    Where there is profit private industry will develop the technology if there are incentives to do so.
     
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    so it's not profitable now or the near future
    private industry is not interested in it because it is not profitable
     

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