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

    At the moment, everything hinges on getting cheap surface-to-orbit technology. Once you get into orbit, it's cheap and easy to do anything else. The launch costs all the money. We need to develop some sort of cheap, easy and fast launching system that can get large amounts of material into orbit, then we can worry about the rest.

    The shuttle program was great for what it was, unfortunately what it was was 60s technology, strapping a shuttle onto a bomb. Sometimes, the bomb goes off.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by SheWolf View Post
    That's what I am thinking. Why did we get rid of the shuttle program anyway?
    I watched a program on that the other day. The shuttle is being scrapped because it wasn't necessarily effective, it wasn't being used for what it was designed for, and it wasn't as cheap as it was supposed to be. It was called "the shuttle" because it was supposed to be cheap to fly and quick for turn-around and reusing. However, it wasn't and it proved to be dangerous as well with the multiple disasters. Also, it was designed for "shuttling" to a giant space station that was never built. The whole program was scrapped even though it had been paid for.

    Those are the main reasons it was scrapped. They are looking at new options for the future.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I think NASA already has a new job.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Where should NASA focus its energies now?

    The Kenyan Tyrant already made the decision...........

    Obama Tells NASA to Improve Muslim Relations

    Obama Tells NASA to Improve Muslim Relations

    In a July 2 interview, Bolden told Al Jazeera's Imran Garda that when he took over at NASA, Obama had directed him to "find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science and math and engineering."
    From the moon......to appeasing a bunch or religous whack jobs.....NASA........
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Look, if the whole idea of privatizing space exploration is to get more eyes looking at it and more money invested in it, engaging the Muslim world and helping them get a seat at the table is a legitimate space policy goal. Imagine the extravagant building projects in Dubai, and now imagine them in space. Imagine OPEC going all-in to help us build solar panels and microwave emitters on the moon. Hell, imagine a generation of Muslim kids all over the world growing up with Muslim astronauts to look up to instead of radical clerics and martyrs.

    Should it be NASA's top priority? No, of course not. But helping Muslims figure out which direction to pray to on the ISS is a small investment with the potential for a big payoff.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Badmutha View Post
    Where should NASA focus its energies now?

    The Kenyan Tyrant already made the decision...........



    From the moon......to appeasing a bunch or religous whack jobs.....NASA........
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    So he's trying to put Muslims on Mars.....all of them?








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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    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."
    You don't know the real Bert Rutan. He's the face that gets the money. Behind the scenes he had very good engineers, but if you watch his interview on his round the world flight, he did a lot of stupid stupid things that were only over come by the people that surrounded him and luck...mostly luck.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    At the least, the U.S. should improve its satellite infrastructure and ensure that China does not come to dominate near earth orbit. The potential consequences in a future conflict would be devestating...
    That is true. The GPS satellite system is on the verge of collapse. The US needs to find a way to bill other countries for its use, because it is ridiculous that our nation created and employed the world's greatest navigation aid and no one else is helping us pay.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    At the moment, everything hinges on getting cheap surface-to-orbit technology. Once you get into orbit, it's cheap and easy to do anything else. The launch costs all the money. We need to develop some sort of cheap, easy and fast launching system that can get large amounts of material into orbit, then we can worry about the rest.

    The shuttle program was great for what it was, unfortunately what it was was 60s technology, strapping a shuttle onto a bomb. Sometimes, the bomb goes off.
    Okay, I'm not an aeronautical engineer or a physicist, so this may be way off. However, I've wondered why a spacecraft can't be built that takes off like a normal airplane. It could take off and use normal lift from air just like a supersonic plane to get as high as possible in the atmosphere. Then it has rocket power to blast the remainder of the way into space. Is this feasible? After all, the space shuttles landed like airplanes. Is is possible for something to take off like a plane and get into outer space and then return like a plane?

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Tick View Post
    Okay, I'm not an aeronautical engineer or a physicist, so this may be way off. However, I've wondered why a spacecraft can't be built that takes off like a normal airplane. It could take off and use normal lift from air just like a supersonic plane to get as high as possible in the atmosphere. Then it has rocket power to blast the remainder of the way into space. Is this feasible? After all, the space shuttles landed like airplanes. Is is possible for something to take off like a plane and get into outer space and then return like a plane?
    The highest a jet can fly is still far too low for this. The shuttle would still have to carry a lot of fuel to reach orbit, making it far too heavy for the jet to carry. The 747 that carried the shuttle was almost overloaded by it's weight alone and it was transported empty.
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