Update May 6th: Thanks to Jez for organising that - it was very interesting.
It wasn't anything like as technical as I thought it would be. I got the impression that the talk that Dr Scott gave was one that he's given many times before to a number af different audiences. Think the Rotary Club - it was perfectly suitable any audience. It wasn't modified for the RS's rather scientifically literate audience.
What really came across is that it's really socialogical factors that are preventing Man from reaching Mars. The technical problems, serious though they are, are probably all soluble, but sustaining a seriously expensive project over thirty odd years may not be possible - at least, not without serious motivation, which seems to be lacking.Posted to Science and technology by Simon Brunning at May 05, 2004 04:38 PM