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Posted by: rocktchick87 - Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:57 pm
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Post Ethics in Space   Posted on: Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:57 pm
Just wanted to let everyone know that I competed in a University Wide Speech competition. The topic had to be related to ethics in the new America, and I did America's role in ethics during the regulation of space travel and exploration...

Got 5th place! Not bad out 45,000 students... Well only 15 of us even made it to the competition phase, we had to submit a thesis to be accepted before the comp. I didn't make it to finals, they only took the top 4, but I was close! Pretty exciting stuff, I'll be competiting again next year!

My favorite line from the speech?

"In the 40 years man has been in space, we've put 20,000 TONS of material out there. Of that, 4,500 tons is left there today. Let me put this into perspective for you... there is enough of our materials drifting around in space that if you combined it all, it would weigh the same as 20 Statues of Liberty. Imagine, 20 Statues of Liberty floating around up there!"

That was a favorite of the judges too :P

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Post    Posted on: Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:56 pm
Congratulations!!! Outstanding job, Cathleen! At long last, one of us is (kinda) famous!

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Post    Posted on: Thu Nov 10, 2005 10:55 pm
Congratulations :)

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Post    Posted on: Fri Nov 11, 2005 12:23 am
Might that not warrant a special rank, Sigurd?

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Post    Posted on: Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:22 am
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Might that not warrant a special rank, Sigurd?

She's a forum administrator / site counsilor, she can change her rank to anything she wants ;)

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Post Re: Ethics in Space   Posted on: Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:56 pm
eraurocktchick87 wrote:
Imagine, 20 Statues of Liberty floating around up there!

Imagine 20 Statues of Liberty crashing down in your neighborhood! I suspect that was one of your points.


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Post Re: Ethics in Space   Posted on: Wed Nov 16, 2005 6:00 pm
eraurocktchick87 wrote:
Just wanted to let everyone know that I competed in a University Wide Speech competition. The topic had to be related to ethics in the new America, and I did America's role in ethics during the regulation of space travel and exploration...

Got 5th place! Not bad out 45,000 students...


Congrats! That is wonderful.


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Post    Posted on: Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:43 am
thanks guys :)

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Post Re: Ethics in Space   Posted on: Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:43 pm
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Just wanted to let everyone know that I competed in a University Wide Speech competition. The topic had to be related to ethics in the new America, and I did America's role in ethics during the regulation of space travel and exploration...

Got 5th place!


Great stuff!
Only I'm feeling a bit left out: Why not post more parts of your manuscript here? It'd be a great way to really start a discussion about ethics among the forum users. (eeehhr... no pun intended!:wink:)

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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 01, 2005 4:41 am
It had to be an extemporaneous speech, so I don't actually have the manuscript ;)

Basically it talked about the responsibility of the United States to participate in the development of global regulations in space.... discussed the fact that the United States has never had a representative on the United Nations World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (the group who wrote the Ethics in Space Policy) ... doesn't make sense if the US claims to be "winning" the modern day race to space, does it?

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Post    Posted on: Thu Dec 01, 2005 7:49 pm
People thought Apollo 'won' the space race when--in point of fact--the Former Soviets have. Europe and the CIS field many more launches every year due to a lack of interest in space seen here in the states.

People see Rutan's little craft, hear it called a spaceship--listen to some talk radio idiot talk about how we don't need NASA anymore, and go back to sleep--failing to appreciated the fact that Rutans craft only had a fraction of the energy needed to go orbital, and how it still did not get as high as Shepards old Redstone, which was about on the same level as Falcon I.

We've got a long way to go.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:25 pm
rocktchick87 wrote:
It had to be an extemporaneous speech, so I don't actually have the manuscript ;)


Double congratulations then! Extemporate public speaking is a rare and wonderful art.

rocktchick87 wrote:
Basically it talked about the responsibility of the United States to participate in the development of global regulations in space.... {...} the US claims to be "winning" the modern day race to space, does it?


Now, that'd be proof that space is really special! I so hope the US would put its weight behind reasonable (i. e. light but clear) regulation. It'd make international business way simpler.

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