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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    One of the (only) things I like about Newt is his plan to mine the moon.

    We should triple our efforts for the space program. 100% domestic jobs. Amazing new technology. Hope that when this planet expires, we can get out.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    No, he didn't. But he did cancel its replacement, which was already in the launch-test phase.
    Which given the current political and economic environment in the country was understandable.

    I'm all for space exploration, but I don't exactly have a problem with putting NASA on the back burner while we try to fix more pressing issues.

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    I support the space program. Besides the obvious benefit of expanding our knowledge, our space program has contributed to numerous inventions that we benefit from every day ( I sure do like my "space foam" bed). I also think it is important because of national defense. We already incorporate stuff like gps and imagery into military operations but it is only a matter of time until it is used for more advanced operations and I wouldn't want to get behind and lose the technological advantage.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Which given the current political and economic environment in the country was understandable.
    Not really. Everyone was pretty much for it; hardly was against. And the money wasn't saved; it was just repurposed -- NASA's budget was increased, but its focus shifted to "climate change research."

    No savings.

    And besides, NASA is a mere shaved whisker of the budget. Less than half a percent of it.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Not really. Everyone was pretty much for it; hardly was against. And the money wasn't saved; it was just repurposed -- NASA's budget was increased, but its focus shifted to "climate change research."

    No savings.

    And besides, NASA is a mere shaved whisker of the budget. Less than half a percent of it.
    Really? That sounds more like NOAA's department...

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    meh we have too many problems down here to be worrying about Space anyway

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    I think it's definitely worth the money.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Not really. Everyone was pretty much for it; hardly was against. And the money wasn't saved; it was just repurposed -- NASA's budget was increased, but its focus shifted to "climate change research."

    No savings.

    And besides, NASA is a mere shaved whisker of the budget. Less than half a percent of it.
    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Really? That sounds more like NOAA's department...
    He's right SB. And NOAA is supposed to be the monitor of climate so you are as well. I do firmly support the space program and if the private sector can adopt it that would be great, even if it were to stay around as a government agency this is one of the few that I feel is a net benefit to society and our economy as we have private companies/jobs that provide consumer/space products that are economic contributors straight from it.

    For instance: Tang is a nutritional product developed as many ready to eat foods and packaging developed to solve the zero gravity problem, consumers get the benefit of having a convenient and sometimes as a survival product many of these products that are great in an emergency. The companies themselves benefit from the consumer need. The shuttle parts themselves are made under contract from private companies. Also, I have a "Fisher space pen" made by the Fisher pen company, this came about because pencils were the only option in the early space days and they posed a secondary problem if the tips broke, so the pen was developed using a solid state ink with a carbon dioxide delivery mechanism(under normal use a cartridge is estimated at 20ys. of ink), then there are the as well mentioned products for bedding which solve a lot of back issues that many suffer.

    All this means consumer money going to American companies and their workers, I would estimate that it's probably about a 1:3 dollar to dollar ratio in expenditures versus tax dollars paid. That said very few if any other government programs have a net positive, so while I tend to favor a smaller government this is one exception I am willing to make if the private sector cannot do it. I should finalize this by saying the Air Force at one time was in charge of NASA and this may still be the case, this does support my constitutionalist stand(this is a transparancy qualification).
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    One of the (only) things I like about Newt is his plan to mine the moon.

    We should triple our efforts for the space program. 100% domestic jobs. Amazing new technology. Hope that when this planet expires, we can get out.
    Yeah I feel the exact same way, this really is a great idea though I don't particularily agree with Newt on many issues.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Manned space flight is a monumental waste of money. We could send computers and robots into space at a fraction of the cost and find out just as much, maybe even more.

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