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

    I think NASA should focus upon improving the ISS.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    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.
    So let me see if I get this straight, you can justify the massive air conditioning budget based off of the false hope that we will be dependent on foreign oil a few decades from now? Meanwhile, we could spend a fraction of the military budget that would help the military with defense systems, equipment, gear, help the private sector to find and innovate on base ideas, and possibly, just possibly, find a totally new energy source through our explorations.

    Fact of the matter is, NASA is an incredibly important part of America, and it helped make America pre-WWII. If not for NASA you likely would not have the object you inject your opinion on. If not for NASA we would not have technologies that have also been used to discover deep sea oil here on Earth. NASA is a bet sure, but it is a bet that most Americans would be willing to take. Whatever happened to manifest destiny?
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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?
    Part of NASA's job is to figure out how to deal with such issues. The sooner that NEOs can be found the better chances we have of averting disaster thats for sure. But if NASA is closed down nothing will be done about it. You can't count on the private sector to do this kind of research as there is no profit in watching for astroids that might hit Earth.

    Sorry, forgot to add that the NEO program isn't about misses. Its about identifying astroids that could hit Earth.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I'd vote on the poll but you can't choose more than one. So will just state do all those choices except scrapping NASA. NASA is one of the VERY FEW government programs that has actually turned a profit and helped mankind in a positive way.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Part of NASA's job is to figure out how to deal with such issues. The sooner that NEOs can be found the better chances we have of averting disaster thats for sure. But if NASA is closed down nothing will be done about it. You can't count on the private sector to do this kind of research as there is no profit in watching for astroids that might hit Earth.

    Sorry, forgot to add that the NEO program isn't about misses. Its about identifying astroids that could hit Earth.
    IN humanity's whole history how many have hit earth that were actually devastating? Is almost 20 billion dollars a year worth this? I could be wrong but this seems to be in the ballpark of buying alien abduction insurance, sure aliens could abduct your for some strange unknown reason but the odds are not high enough to justify spending the money on it.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I'd vote on the poll but you can't choose more than one. So will just state do all those choices except scrapping NASA. NASA is one of the VERY FEW government programs that has actually turned a profit and helped mankind in a positive way.
    I could be wrong about this, so double check me, but I think NASA sells things they invite for very cheap for other people to produce. I toured the physics lab at Kennedy Space Center, Florida earlier this year and the scientists there showed us plenty of things they had invented and then their commercial uses. If I remember correctly, he said that they sell licenses to their products relatively cheap. It would be interesting to see how much that is. Maybe they could make more money and be less of a supposed burden on America if they increase the cost or require some sort of commission?

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I would remove NASA from the Federal budget and make it a donations only enterprise. I feel many other items should be removed and be volunteer spending only. How hard would it to have a few check boxes on your tax forms to voluntary donate taxes into these fields.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Mars to Stay. If we don't leave this planet-- and soon-- then we are fated to extinction on this planet.

    We should also look into aerostat colonies in the upper atmosphere of Venus.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Mars to Stay. If we don't leave this planet-- and soon-- then we are fated to extinction on this planet.

    We should also look into aerostat colonies in the upper atmosphere of Venus.
    The only way I could see that being successful is if we do what the British did a long time ago with their criminals in the 18th and 19th century. I do not think normal people would want a one way trip to mars.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by lovetosing4678 View Post
    I could be wrong about this, so double check me, but I think NASA sells things they invite for very cheap for other people to produce. I toured the physics lab at Kennedy Space Center, Florida earlier this year and the scientists there showed us plenty of things they had invented and then their commercial uses. If I remember correctly, he said that they sell licenses to their products relatively cheap. It would be interesting to see how much that is. Maybe they could make more money and be less of a supposed burden on America if they increase the cost or require some sort of commission?
    They actually do end up using the technologies in other areas. A HUGE example of this is computers. Computer technology advanced fairly quickly thanks to space exploration.
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