LinuxCon: Dragons and penguins in space
Posted Sep 20, 2012 21:06 UTC (Thu) by khim
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But yes, every bit of effort that can make a better manned spacecraft can be used to create a better weapon.
Which is why we've gotten manned spacecrafts in the first place. And this is why all the longer-reaching spacecraft plans were never realized. To launch man on the orbit you only need to add a little to a good weapon system, but to launch man on the Moon or Mars you need some developments which are impossible to use as weapon. Moon become the matter of national prestige when USSR won the space race, but once it was proven that "yes, we can" the whole "outer space" thing was quickly and radically scaled-down.
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