'Fearless' Felix Baumgartner: Mars is a waste of money

Telegraph : Felix Baumgartner, in his first major interview, tells Mark Hughes why travelling to Mars is a waste of money, takes aim at Sir Richard Branson, and explains how his life has changed since his record space jump.

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AgentWhite3193d ago

Its a highly debatable topic , should we invest so much in space exploration or not , in my opinion yes we should as one single invention or a cure of some disease can be found can cause big revolution . And will benefit the living on earth .

gadgeek3192d ago

Yup... That's what I also strongly believe in. If we could just set our priorities right. Hunger, poverty and disease eradication must top everyone's list and maximum resources must be dedicated for this purpose.

AgentWhite3192d ago

If Felix has found something interesting or valuable he would have said its very delightful and some more such missions should be conducted , and he would have also said " I did it " lol , things do get change according to the situation .

Veni Vidi Vici3192d ago

Tell me again how they are going to develop a cure for diseases by blasting rocks and taking pictures on Mars?

Bimkoblerutso3192d ago

Space Magic, that's how. Space Magic.

AgentWhite3192d ago

They are not going on mars for playing and blasting rocks , they collect samples and try to find something useful .

Guitardr853191d ago

@veni vidi vici

It's not necessarily what they find that could help, its all the technology that is pioneered in trying to develop new ideas. In the US, interest in science and technology has dropped tremendously in the last few decades, something that can easily be correlated to the US decline worldwide. Historically, the society with the most advanced technology has been the leader of the world or known world at the time.

We owe a majority of our current technological roots to the space race of the 60's. Telecommunication satellites, microprocessors, and fabrication techniques for modern items like cell phones, computer processors, etc, all have beginnings from the mercury, gemini, and apollo missions.

It's a shame that people nowadays do not correlate these things and think that space is a waste of time! With a little more education we could swing back into the powerhouse that we used to be and make more breakthroughts

P.S. We no longer have any manned space flight as the shuttle was cancelled. We now rely on Russian space craft to get to orbit... The US RELIES ON RUSSIAN SPACECRAFT!!!! Meanwhile the Chinese are launching people into space and building space stations and have their sights set on colonizing the moon. If we don't get our act together and start thinking about the future, we could be seeing nothing but RED in the night sky!

SilentNegotiator3191d ago (Edited 3191d ago )


Half of those things you listed were made out of necessity of space travel. Those technologies weren't found floating in space.

Similar innovations could be made for say, deep ocean exploration or even no implied reason at all, and it would cost significantly less billions.

If anyone is proof that science still happens WITHIN our atmosphere (even if barely, lol), it's Felix. He collected data.....he didn't just jump for fun.

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Legion3192d ago

The higher likelihood is the bringing back of a pathogen or something that would effect us in a negative way.

Even here on earth people always wonder of the marvels of discovery and the potential of good while ignoring all the non-native species that destroy our ecosystem. By being uprooted from native habitat and brought in to a new host environment to find it has no natural enemies or selective restrictions to it.

A single pathogen could possibly be dormant and thrive once it hits a new host environment of Earth.

Sounds like a movie... but the theory of negative discovery over useful scientific discovery is often over looked.

Ogygian3192d ago

So what? We don't take the risk? I might just live in a titanium underground box because I may die upon exit. We must take risks to progress. As long as we are cautious that risk will be within acceptable levels.
Another thing is that the relationship between funding and research breakthroughs is not proportional, but exponential. Eventually, scientists will have more than they need, and each penny beyond that will be wasted on little progress. The marginal utility of funding decreases as we put more into research.

Hence, to maximise utility we must spread our money across health, the environment and space.

Legion3192d ago

No but risk assessment is made and I was only commenting on the "yes we should as one single invention or a cure of some disease can be found can cause big revolution . And will benefit the living on earth ." remark.

As the likelihood of a greater harm to earth is more a possibility then a cure of a disease.

Also, scientist will never have more money then they need... because the search for new scientific data also is exponential as the information we discover brings about new and more interesting scientific possibilities.

Just the discovery of DNA and how it is associated with our life has caused numerous research and development research and is a never ending quest for more discovery within it.

Scientific knowledge is the truest form of exponential growth. With each new discovery bring more and more questions.

Costs... will NEVER go down.

SilentNegotiator3191d ago

What are you, stupid*? Didn't you see War of the Worlds? They'll die from our colds!


You mock someone for having concerns of pathogens, but it's perfectly balanced to rant about how we will will, within great certainty, find a revolutionary cure?

*I'm not really calling you stupid. JK

jukins3192d ago

exactly we don't know whats out there. could be a random element on mars that could, as agentwhite said, cure a disease or maybe provide a source of renewable energy

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gadgeek3192d ago

Lol Agent... my comment was regardless of what Felix did :P

Ogygian3192d ago

He's clearly not the most academic of individuals. Why can't we do both? I'd divert money from the exponential human population farms of Africa towards the environment and Mars.

This really does come down to a question of priorities, and as both may be equally important in a hundred years time, why not choose balance?
We need to send a crew of pioneers to Mars on a no-return mission to set up a base there, making it far more useful for it's cost. In the future we'll need Mars (possibly terraformed) to keep up with our growing population, and to keep the global economy growing.
This man's ignorance is unforgivable, and he's exploiting his position as a pseudo-celebrity to achieve goals which are counter to those of people far, far smarter than he is.

I for one trust scientists and economists over some random idiot who might have died for a bit of fame.

Legion3192d ago

Never trust an economists... he is in it for the money.

Never trust a scientist... they prefer discovery over realistic expectations of the use of their worst discoveries. (The A-Bomb?)

360ICE3191d ago (Edited 3191d ago )

You know what the terms scientist and economist mean? Economist doesn't mean banker, and scientists aren't people who without moderation would not care about morality. Bad things have come out of science, but if were to stop trusting scientists, I think far worse things would follow. And some economists (such as Peter Schiff) do use their predictions to earn money (Schiff sells gold), but most of them earn their paycheck by teaching others about economy, or by consistently making reliable predictions.

pandehz3192d ago

I believe the universe is as important as our earth in terms of discovering for more knowledge and development.

Just as scouring our earth and doing reasearch have given us advanced medicine,tech, better control of life and understanding of it. In the similar way the universe may hold many good and bad surprises and we have to deal with it eventually.

Many of Earth's valuable resources came from comets who knows what may actually be lurking in the universe that could benefit us.

Xanatos3192d ago (Edited 3192d ago )

Little steps are needed to ensure the survival of humanity as a species, Earth wont last forever and if we don't end up killing ourselves before this planet gives out then space is our only future.

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