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 didn't see space elevators on the poll...





    First elevators, then space trains... I mean come on... it just sounds cool... space train...

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I voted we send astronauts to Mars at least lets try to make it to another planet then from there we could consentrate on going further into this universe perhaps eventualy another solar system or even anoter galaxy.

    One thing for sure if there was anything on the moon we would have found it by now and you can only look at pictures so long till you want to go there and see for yourself.

    It may sound corny but to put it simple "SPACE IS MANKINDS NEW FRONTIER"
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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 dont' feel they should continue anything under 'Nasa' - - if they're not able to explore space then what's the point of them even being there? . . maybe keep a portion up and running for preservation of technology - and even to futher some earth-bound related research for other applications. but I don't see why other organizations and branches who are designated to cover land/sea/air can't do this already.
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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?
    NASA has already been retasked as a Muslim outreach orginization.

    NASA chief says agency's goal is Muslim outreach, forgets to mention space - CSMonitor.com

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    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.
    I understand... but budget cuts are needed. When people are going bankrupt and unemployment in some areas is 12-15%, there are other concerns. Our species does not have unlimited material access and continuing the space program under the mere hope that we will find a new energy source + an efficient way to implement it on earth is hypothetical. I'd rather we deal with what is now and what is known.

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    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?
    I acknowledge all that... but that doesn't mean NASA is entitled to exist or that we should remain attached to it. There are plenty of other institutions working in the U.S. on scientific research. Our genius won't be hampered by the temporary absence of NASA.

    Make no mistake... the loss of NASA is due to our nation's loss of priorities. If want scientific achievement and a high technology society, then we need more material equity.

    Blame Wall Street. They are the reason for all of this, and our crooked congress that abets them.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    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.
    No offense Korimyr, but what a pipe dream.

    Space has always been reserved for the richest nations, and our elite institutions. The implication that other societies are backward because they do not have what we have or do not do what we do is the continual colonial assertion of our times. It's one of the reasons why the Middle Eastern world hates us. We invade them and force democracy and our consumer economy on them, as if those things are advancements.

    All of the things you mention, like Martian cololines and platforms on Venus... do you think that's really going to happen as long as we have a fossil fuel economy, unhealthy populations, severe class and income disparities, and the military-industrial complex creating new wars almost yearly?

    Our society is not focused enough on supporting the intellectual health of its population. The way health care and education are continually seeing major cuts, along with the neo-con dominance in the western governments pushing for wars and social restrictions... we would not see the kind of advancements you are talking about for hundreds of years.

    As an aside... we could probably advance just as much if we invested in oceanic research. We know so little about the ocean, and the technology needed to go to the deep seas is comparable to what is needed in outer space. At least then we could be learning about our own planet at the same time.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    No offense Korimyr, but what a pipe dream.

    Space has always been reserved for the richest nations, and our elite institutions. The implication that other societies are backward because they do not have what we have or do not do what we do is the continual colonial assertion of our times. It's one of the reasons why the Middle Eastern world hates us. We invade them and force democracy and our consumer economy on them, as if those things are advancements.

    All of the things you mention, like Martian cololines and platforms on Venus... do you think that's really going to happen as long as we have a fossil fuel economy, unhealthy populations, severe class and income disparities, and the military-industrial complex creating new wars almost yearly?

    Our society is not focused enough on supporting the intellectual health of its population. The way health care and education are continually seeing major cuts, along with the neo-con dominance in the western governments pushing for wars and social restrictions... we would not see the kind of advancements you are talking about for hundreds of years.

    As an aside... we could probably advance just as much if we invested in oceanic research. We know so little about the ocean, and the technology needed to go to the deep seas is comparable to what is needed in outer space. At least then we could be learning about our own planet at the same time.
    Excuse me but if you look at history, a lot of public use was at one time reserved for the rich or rich nation or elite institions.

    Everything from cars {once considered a rich man's folly} right up to computers {once either for the very rich or the government}
    Most appliances at one time were too rich for even the middle class let alone a simi poor poster like me.

    Every time a new product hits the market sooner or later the price goes down to at least a manageable situation for more people to purchase.
    The more money is spent the more profits for the rich nations, the rich or the elite institutions.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    I think NASA should be privatized. Then satellites and commercial space travel.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuelrod View Post
    I think NASA should be privatized. Then satellites and commercial space travel.
    If it is privatized and some scientist comes up with a better idea he would have to go to the private company that controls satellites and space travel.

    Working for a private company instead of a public service.

    In a public service you could invent and apply for a patent.
    In a private service everything you invent belongs to the private company.
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