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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Thread: What should NASA do now

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    What should NASA do now

    Now that we've had our last Space Shuttle launch, where should NASA focus its energies?

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Everything but the last one.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Everything but the last one.
    That's what I am thinking. Why did we get rid of the shuttle program anyway?

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Unfortunately, we have spent ourselves into a corner. Our only hope is to cut all unnecessary spending and NASA falls flat into that category. I love NASA and space exploration, but we have to do what is right and salvage what we can. NASA hampers that process.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Primarily, we need a better surface-to-orbit system. Renewed research into the scramjet concept would be my preference, along with perhaps seeing if the X-Prize/Virgin Galactic's low-budget-space methods could be turned into a viable manned/cargo to-orbit system.

    We need lower cost and higher reliability to make space more viable for commercial ventures.
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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 hold out secret hope that our government did some super secret space deal and developed something super awesome to replace the shuttle program.

    Regarding the shuttles themselves, they have been used for a very long time and go through incredible stresses. You can't fly them forever. I wish they would have been replaced, but it appears not.
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    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.
    Last edited by LuckyDan; 07-08-11 at 11:13 PM.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    Unfortunately, we have spent ourselves into a corner. Our only hope is to cut all unnecessary spending and NASA falls flat into that category. I love NASA and space exploration, but we have to do what is right and salvage what we can. NASA hampers that process.
    Unfortunately, you may be right. I think space exploration is one of the great things our country has done. I feel frustrated that we've wasted so much money on wars that had nothing to do with defending the country. I wish Vietnam and Iraq had never happened, and maybe Afghanistan, and we had used that money instead to keep the budget in balance and for space exploration.

    Maybe we can somehow at least manage to keep sending probes to Mars. We've achieved some terrific scientific discovery through that program. I fear at this point some other countries may overtake us in space exploration.

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    Re: What should NASA do now

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    Unfortunately, we have spent ourselves into a corner. Our only hope is to cut all unnecessary spending and NASA falls flat into that category. I love NASA and space exploration, but we have to do what is right and salvage what we can. NASA hampers that process.
    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...
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    Re: What should NASA do now

    NASA shouldn't be launching rockets anymore. Rockets are technologically in the same category as cars and airplanes now, and the free market can handle them just fine. What NASA should be doing is working on new methods for propulsion, life support, etc.
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