View Poll Results: Where should NASA focus its energies now? (vote for as many as you want)

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  • New manned (and womanned) missions to the moon.

    21 40.38%
  • More scientific probes to Mars.

    19 36.54%
  • Sending astronauts to Mars

    24 46.15%
  • Better satellite systems

    25 48.08%
  • Finding extra terrestrial life

    16 30.77%
  • More space-based telescopes

    22 42.31%
  • Scrap NASA; we have more important things to spend our resources on

    10 19.23%
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by LuckyDan View Post
    I'm thinking . . . go the opposite direction. Interior.



    Yeah, they'll have to change their name to NISA. New stationery shouldn't be an obstacle, tho.
    This is much closer to what should be done. I would have cancelled NASA 5 to 10 years ago...
    We need work in feeding the people on this planet, there are no people in space..

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    This is much closer to what should be done. I would have cancelled NASA 5 to 10 years ago...
    We need work in feeding the people on this planet, there are no people in space..
    Eventually, expanding into space is going to be the only solution to overpopulation. We should get started now, while it's not a pressing issue.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I would have voted other if I could have, or all of the above except the silly one and scrapping NASA it needs to be revamped and made pricate with Government backing.

    NASA should hire Bert Rutan creator of the Voyager, first plane to fly nonstop around the Word, and Space Ship One fart private craft in space, is the most innovative aircraft designer since, Jack Northrop of Flying wing fame, and Kelly Johnson, who was the greatest ever for his time. He created the P-38 Lightening for WW-II, the U-2 and SR-71, and ran the Lockheed Skunk Works.

    Bert Rutan is today's greatest engineer and if he had some real money available there is no telling what he could come up with.

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    Since right after the USSR put Sputnik in orbit we have been the leader in space and all technology and the spin offs have made a huge improvement to life on this planet for just about the whole World, and we need to stay there.

    Face the facts the Earth has a shelf life ane if Man is going to continue to be, we have to get off this rock and the research needs to be on going so that we don't all end whan the Sun expands and this Planet becomes a "burned out cinder."

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Now that we've had our last Space Shuttle launch, where should NASA focus its energies?
    Scrap NASA or put it on hold until we are no longer in debt. That stuff is a luxury we do not need right now, let China or some other country waste their money on that or better yet let private businesses handle that.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Scrap NASA or put it on hold until we are no longer in debt. That stuff is a luxury we do not need right now, let China or some other country waste their money on that or better yet let private businesses handle that.
    Oh yes...this is a real luxury huh?

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Now that we've had our last Space Shuttle launch, where should NASA focus its energies?
    Shoot for the moon...

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Now that we've had our last Space Shuttle launch, where should NASA focus its energies?
    I voted for more Mars missions. However, I'd also like NASA to pursue an international space junk clean-up and also to develop more space stations.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    This idea that NASA is a "luxury" or not needed is simply ridiculous. You know what is a luxury? Air conditioning...about 20 billion of it just for tents in Iraqi and Afghanistan, while NASA's ENTIRE BUDGET is 1 billion less. I dunno man, something tells me that making sure we keep all our telecommunications, predictions of asteroids, using technologies NASA used in everyday life, etc is pretty important stuff.

    I think whatever we choose to do, it has to be better than China or India. While private space exploration is fine and good, private will always have a cost motive to it that will not always directly benefit all of mankind. I think we need to thoroughly explore our options, if that is going to Mars, then the next planet, then the next until we find "God" or whatever that may be.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    This idea that NASA is a "luxury" or not needed is simply ridiculous. You know what is a luxury? Air conditioning...about 20 billion of it just for tents in Iraqi and Afghanistan, while NASA's ENTIRE BUDGET is 1 billion less. I dunno man, something tells me that making sure we keep all our telecommunications, predictions of asteroids, using technologies NASA used in everyday life, etc is pretty important stuff.

    I think whatever we choose to do, it has to be better than China or India. While private space exploration is fine and good, private will always have a cost motive to it that will not always directly benefit all of mankind. I think we need to thoroughly explore our options, if that is going to Mars, then the next planet, then the next until we find "God" or whatever that may be.
    And do you know why we're in Iraq and Afghanistan? To procure potentially hundreds of billions of barrels of oil so that our energy economy doesn't completely collapse in the next 40-50 years while we invent, implement, and transition to better alternatives.

    NASA has invented a lot for us and showed us our outer most capabilities, but the notion of humans colonizing space at this time is a pipe dream. We do not have enough collective organization, economic stability, and social equity to make that happen. Our state of development on earth demands that, for now, we stay on earth. The survivalist argument that we need space is shortsighted. What we need is all of our best minds working on our earthly problems.

    There will always be research into space from terrestrial stations, but there is no point in flying to the moon again or building orbital space stations for tourists until our priorities here are fixed. Sure, private industry might take up the challenge, and start using the planet's resources to build luxurious palaces in orbit. The financial elite have already demonstrated that they are willing to screw over every last human being in order to sit on top of some delusional peak. But that is not where our priorities need to reside. Until humanity understands that, our degeneration and collapse as a civilization, and perhaps even a species, are inevitable.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Oh yes...this is a real luxury huh?

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    I am pretty sure that in humanity's whole history we have had a whole **** load of near misses and no NASA.
    If there was a asteroid large enough to be devastating to the earth could we actually do something about it?
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