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Fraser
2015-Jan-06, 04:10 PM
With robotic spacecraft, we have explored, discovered and expanded our understanding of the Solar System and the Universe at large. Our five senses have long since reached their limits and cannot reveal the presence of new objects or properties without the assistance of extraordinary sensors and optics. Data is returned and is transformed into a […]

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swampyankee
2015-Jan-06, 04:21 PM
Clearly, these are not mutually exclusive.

I would say robots first, humans if there's something interesting. I think the main advantages of humans on-site are reduced control lag, the potential to improvise new instruments, repair minor faults, and that their presence will be dictated by the need to have a more flexible lab system.