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News In wich economic model this are more advanced: Space Exploration and Science.

  1. May 17, 2010 #1
    I really would like to suport the ideology thats helps science and space exploration. Capitalism, Socialism or a Mixed Economy, Socialist Market economy etc.
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  3. May 18, 2010 #2


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    Interesting question. I guess it depends on the type of space exploration. Free enterprise may have an advantage in near-earth exploration. The risks aren't too great, and it's relatively inexpensive, so private capital can accomplish much of it. Even then, there will have to be some kind of government advice, even regulation, for specific types of risks.

    For more capital intensive projects and/or projects with more risks, government will need to "step in." Probably that's why long-distance spaceflight has so far remained a governmental endeavor, but that too may change in the future as humanity re-defines what's "near earth" and what is "long distance." "Near earth" may include the moon 100 years from now, and it might include Mars in 200 years...
  4. May 19, 2010 #3
    It seems clear to me that overall prosperity is the most important factor here. A wealthy society will be better at space exploration and scientific advances than a poor society.

    So I'd say whatever is best for overall prosperity of the people will also be best for space exploration. And my answer is economic liberty, so that wealth creating capitalism can thrive.
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    Space budget ranks: http://www.thespacereport.org/images/global_space_revenues_budgets_2007_lg.jpg [Broken]

    I don't know where they put countries like Israel, Iran, and Indonesia.

    GDP (PPP) rankings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_(PPP)
    Per capita income rankings: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GNI_(PPP)_per_capita

    Turkey is at about the same income level (higher by per capita) than either Iran or Indonesia, but AFAIK it does not have a space program, or a very limited one. I suspect it has as much to do with geopolitical/ideological ambition (arrogance?), past and present, as wealth.
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  6. May 19, 2010 #5
    LOL. It would relate more to a nation's overall GDP than GDP per capita.

    There are many very small countries with high GDP per capita with no space program. Having a larger population obviously reduces the per capita cost of a space program.
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