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 jamesrage View Post
    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.
    On the contrary I think we could find plenty of people that wouldn't mind being the president of an entire planet lol. I think it is a great idea and I have not actually ever heard of this, now I am very interested.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    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.
    I know they use the technologies in other areas. That was not my point whatsoever. I am talking about selling these ideas. Computers ARE HUGE!!! If you add a few extra dollars to each product NASA's research helped make and then give that money to help continue NASA's research they may not be in as much trouble as they are. You know how actors get royalties whenever their shows or movies are shown? Why not use that same concept to have a HUGE increase in revenue for NASA.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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.
    While it didn't devestate the whole of Earth it certainly caused quite a bit of damage none the less.

    Tunguska Event 1908

    The spectacle that confronted Kulik as he stood on a ridge overlooking the devastated area was overwhelming. To the explorers' surprise, no crater was to be found. There was instead around ground zero a vast zone (8 kilometers [5 mi] across) of trees scorched and devoid of branches, but standing upright. Those farther away had been partly scorched and knocked down in a direction away from the centre. Much later, in the 1960s, it was established that the zone of leveled forest occupied an area of some 2,150 square kilometres (830 sq mi), its shape resembling a gigantic spread-eagled butterfly with a “wingspan” of 70 kilometres (43 mi) and a “body length” of 55 kilometres (34 mi).[21] Upon closer examination, Kulik located holes which he erroneously concluded were meteorite holes; however, he did not have the means at this time to excavate the holes.
    And it didn't even hit the Earth. Just exploded a few miles above land.

    Yeah, chances may be one in a million. But that 1 could be enough to make us go the way of the dinosaurs. So what do you think? 20 billion dollars/yr to potentially keep 6+ billion people alive? I'd say its worth it.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    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.
    I sure as hell would. My biggest dream is to go into space and to another planet. Not likely going to happen..but I would jump at a chance to in a heartbeat.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    On the contrary I think we could find plenty of people that wouldn't mind being the president of an entire planet lol. I think it is a great idea and I have not actually ever heard of this, now I am very interested.
    What good is being president if you don't have anything?
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    While it didn't devestate the whole of Earth it certainly caused quite a bit of damage none the less.

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    And it didn't even hit the Earth. Just exploded a few miles above land.

    Yeah, chances may be one in a million. But that 1 could be enough to make us go the way of the dinosaurs. So what do you think? 20 billion dollars/yr to potentially keep 6+ billion people alive? I'd say its worth it.
    If there was something actually large enough to cause a mass extinction and not just burn up or explode in the atmosphere like almost all asteroids do, would we have the ability to actually do something about it?
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I sure as hell would. My biggest dream is to go into space and to another planet. Not likely going to happen..but I would jump at a chance to in a heartbeat.

    I have a dream of visiting another planet, not permanently staying there.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If there was something actually large enough to cause a mass extinction and not just burn up or explode in the atmosphere like almost all asteroids do, would we have the ability to actually do something about it?
    Not without funding NASA. That is the point. They are working on it. It isn't a simple solution but if you cut funding, there is no way they can find a solution to this.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    What good is being president if you don't have anything?
    There are lots of resources on Mars. Sure hardly any water to speak of (just the polar caps) and no air or trees or animals. But there are resources that could benefit humanity. Here's more than like just a few of the resources we've been able to identify on Mars...

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    If there was something actually large enough to cause a mass extinction and not just burn up or explode in the atmosphere like almost all asteroids do, would we have the ability to actually do something about it?
    Many believe that we can stop an extinction event astroid. But I would imagine that it would depend on the size of it too. For example..doubt we could stop something the size the moon. But I bet we could stop something a few miles across. I know that we could stop something 500 meters across...which if just going 17km/hr at a 90 degree angle would be enough to make a 13km crater....nvm the surrounding damage and all the dirt/dust thrown into the air and cost in lives.

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