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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I missed the part about having wheels, a complete robotic laboratory and the ability to scoop up soil samples, then do a series of complex, sophisticated testing procedures to analyze the samples, including searches for evidence of biological activity. And of course, digitized b/w and color cameras and video capability far beyond anything we've ever shipped into space before.

    That's a bit more exciting than a windsock.

    OK Dianna, I give up. You are obviously very excited about spending billions of dollars to find out what we already know. we will use cool new ways to learn the same stuff but still, it is very exciting AND we can definately afford it right now as America goes over a fiscal cliff.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    OK Dianna, I give up. You are obviously very excited about spending billions of dollars to find out what we already know. we will use cool new ways to learn the same stuff but still, it is very exciting AND we can definately afford it right now as America goes over a fiscal cliff.
    Excellent. I knew you'd come around.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    More should be learned from this venture than the past 40 years about Mars. NASA has shown it can be effective. My generation can now look forward to other quests into space instead of the bleek future NASA had not long ago. Curiosity will collect Martian samples including water, minerals, organics, and other rocks. It answers the age old question(s) of whether Mars has, can, or could maintain any life.
    So, none, in other words.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by the_recruit View Post
    So, none, in other words.
    Did I say none? Nope. Sure didn't.
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    2.6 Billion -- Obviously I can think of numerous, better, ways to waste that amount of money.
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    OK Dianna, I give up. You are obviously very excited about spending billions of dollars to find out what we already know. we will use cool new ways to learn the same stuff but still, it is very exciting AND we can definately afford it right now as America goes over a fiscal cliff.
    I hate this argument. The Mars Science Laboratory was initiated in 2004 and landed on Mars several days ago. In that elapsed time for one of the most significant scientific projects we have embarked on in the United States for quite a few years it cost $2.6 billion. That averages out to about $325 million a year. So I want to ask you if you think that the federal budget, and the future solvency of the United States rests upon a budgetary outlay of $325 million? Of course not. If we had even a mild increase in our NASA budget, created big and exciting contracts for emerging space development corporations (like a lunar base, like a Lagrangian point fueling station, like putting a mass driver on the moon...), we would accelerate the expansion of our space frontier and its eventual exploitation and settlement.

    NASA is .48% of the federal budget let's shove the hysterics about the looming national debt catastrophe.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    To get back to a more substantive opinion on the actual mission. I was ecstatic and watched the landing live from their video stream, and was an avid follower starting more than a few years ago. That being said I'm slightly uncomfortable with the attention and enthusiasm being lavished on another robotic exploratory mission from the general public. While I obviously support the mission and its scientific endeavors I think we need to finally shake or placid complacence with a robotic and purely scientific approach to space. It is still ostensibly one of the founding mission objectives of NASA to open up space for human exploration and colonization and I believe that objective is eminently achievable for us and within our lifetimes.

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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    2.6 Billion -- Obviously I can think of numerous, better, ways to waste that amount of money.
    Yep, for example we could hold the country hostage again and drive down our credit rating ... or take another 150 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare!
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Yep, for example we could hold the country hostage again and drive down our credit rating ... or take another 150 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare!
    Or feed the hungry, maybe save some lives with vital medications - crazy ****, man, crazy ****!
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    re: NASA's rover Curiosity lands on Mars [W:206]

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    Did I say none? Nope. Sure didn't.
    Actually you did say none. Or, if you prefer, you did not say any.

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