So I've wondered why the government can't set up a NASA style think tank agency whose goal is to develop breakthrough practical technology as a primary goal instead of as a secondary incidental benefit to space travel.
Space travel is just a secondary incidental benefit to all of the technology's military applications.
Further to what Gravel wrote: Are you familiar with DARPA?
Let me get this right. Low Earth Orbit isn't space. Got it. All those probes we sent to other planets and the two leaving the solar system isn't space exploration. Check. Because it took our stupid asses a million years to sharpen both sides of a rock, all advances must be this fucking slow. Check.
By your terms, I agree, we know nothing and have done nothing.
By the way, logical fallacy is only six seconds old then.
We've sent a handful of probes to other planets and moons, and a few outside our solar system, and shot a couple at asteroids and comets. We made a few trips to the moon (did a push-up, ate an egg) and have had a gaggle of astronauts hanging out in a complex tin can in LEO for a while.
Not exactly a well worn saddle. We've been doing it for a while, but time isn't the issue - it's what we've done in that time. The answer? Not a lot. It's still a new subject, and there is still a lot of learn and a lot of obstacles to overcome.
We've been observing space with a vast array of instruments for a few hundred years, but observation is different than exploration. Exploration means gettin' out there and choppin' it up, and we just haven't done a lot of that - because it's a relatively new thing for us. We are still trying to figure out how to send living people to other planets without them getting fried in the radiation belts. It's something we're just now learning how to deal with. So, you know....it's kinda new for us. Get my point?
And new materials allow for new solutions to problems.
Oh boy, wait and see when the "fuck nasa!" guy finds out about this.
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