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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 14
03-02-2010, 08:58 AM
Originally Posted by bound2drift View Post
All true, except the scientific endeavour needs to lead to commercial viability, otherwise there is no incentive to fund it.
I agree 100% with that. But, the exploration is what I call the "seeding" of that commerical viability. Companies on their own will not do the exploration at this point in time because they do not see the benefit. Most of the current "private enterprise" programs are just for space tourist exploitation and not for exploration. While I think those private programs are also a good thing...they will not further the exploration in the short term.