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Date: Wed, 25 Sep 2002 08:29:28 EDT
Subject: Re: CryoNet  #20073 Nanotechnology article

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John deRivaz said:

> In the article
> http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/16sep_rightstuff.htm?list687582
> NASA describe the use of nanotechnology to build a space ship not unlike 
> the
> Lexx or Moya space ships of science fantasy -

Sad to see that: It is not serious and NASA is on a bad slope. I would be far 
more interested by an article on a system welding 30 m in diameter rocket 
stages. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the world on that subject. :-(

The basic idea in the above article is: tomorow will be worderful, magic, and 
everything will be nearly dirty cheap. To know what will happen recall the 
50's - 60's mantra: Nuclear energy will be too cheap to meter!

All of this, in space industry as elsewhere is a lost of time and money, a 
way to say: We do nothing. Tomorrow will not be wonderfull, cheap and so on. 
It will be in crissis, hard choices will have to be made, things will be 
costly and politicians, lawers, god-drunk religious people will spoil the 
world. A place in the sun will be earned with an AK47 machine gun. Don't 
expect more.

Yvan Bozzonetti.


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