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space (spās) n. 1. space beyond the atmosphere of the earth.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Clark Responds

I debated putting this up, as it is really just a flame war. But what the heck, the physics is good.

Clark responds to Space Cynic about radiation.


Shubber Ali said...
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Shubber Ali said...

Yes, the physics is good, but the debate is somewhat pointless because the two camps come from fundamentally different perspectives.

One believes that it's just an engineering problem (the pro-space colonies/interplanetary travel/etc side) and the other believes that it is a VERY DIFFICULT engineering problem that isn't simply solved by saying "we can solve that" (the space-cynic side).

Dan Schrimpsher said...

Actually it is two different debates. One side is arguing whether it is possible (Clark vs. SciAm) and the other is arguing if is it easy (space-cynic and your mithical opponent).