DailyDirt: Unusual Places Made More Accessible

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Yesterday, we pointed out some links on space exploration. In honor of Yuri Gagarin's first spaceflight, here are some projects that are opening up other hard-to-reach places to the masses. Communism, FTW...? By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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    Jake, 12 Apr 2011 @ 5:38pm

    Anyone else get the feeling that Richard Branson has too much time on his hands, and/or is trying a bit too hard to live down his more-than-passing resemblance to Noel Edmonds?

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    Nicedoggy, 12 Apr 2011 @ 7:06pm

    I believe that Mr. Branson's interest in the bottom of the ocean is more in self interest since many of his peers appear to be sinking to that place.

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    Jay (profile), 13 Apr 2011 @ 12:06am

    Yuri's Night

    Unfortunately, Yuri's Night was 4/12.

    So in celebration, here is a link to the spinoffs of US technology that is used in space.

    Link

    Thing is, no one pays attention to all of the benefits of space travel. Rather, we take it for granted.

    Thing such as plastics, communication, and even the engineers of Google were all possible from trying to find ways to beat Russia to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Sadly, those days seem to be at an end.

    But it's worth it to see what the next few years of technology in private space travel can bring.

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      Michael Ho (profile), 13 Apr 2011 @ 3:50pm

      Re: Yuri's Night

      Thanks, Jay, for pointing out some of the spinoff benefits from the Space Race...

      But it's not "sad" to see the end of the Cold War, is it? It just means that technology is getting harder to develop at the same rate because it's already so advanced. If we could keep up the same pace, we'd hit the Singularity pretty soon. :P

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        Jay (profile), 13 Apr 2011 @ 4:33pm

        Re: Re: Yuri's Night

        I view it as great competition actually.

        Right now, we don't have the government trying to push for Mars Travel which won't cost tens of billions, but it may only cost ~15-20B. That's perhaps a lot less than what we spend on the new Navy Rail Gun that's been firing!

        There have been a great many number of developments that came from space traveling with the Ruskies. I just wish we could do more to look around other planets. There's plenty to explore without robots taking all of the glory. :)

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          Michael Ho (profile), 13 Apr 2011 @ 4:53pm

          Re: Re: Re: Yuri's Night

          I'm not in a huge rush for putting people on other planets... I think we should focus on creating a self-sustaining artificial environment that people could live in permanently. So no more space stations with "supply shipments" going up to them.

          Once we figured that out, then people could just go anywhere in the solar system as long as the radiation/zeroG/boredom didn't kill them first....

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    Nicedoggy, 13 Apr 2011 @ 12:56am

    http://www.shareable.net/blog/should-products-be-designed-for-sharing

    I wonder if we could build an sharable submarine.

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