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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    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.
    It's not about "finding out." It's about boldly going.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    I do support the space program. I'm afraid that all the lost lives made D.C. nervous, as well as eroded public support. Space really is the final frontier. If we snooze, we really will lose in the end. At one time I thought that by the end of this century, humans would be exploring the entire solar system... in person. Clearly that's not going to happen any time soon.

    It won't happen at all until we start active research again, and reach for those planets... and stars.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Nasa does not need to be doing what private business can do and make a profit at.

    Getting to space is something that can be done by private business, and they can make money doing so. Nasa should focus on the next type of space engine which would allow it to travel to other worlds rather then just get to orbit. Boeing, Lockheed can build rockets to get satelites into Space, but wont put money up to develop an engine that will not have a commercial use for decades to come
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Higgins86 View Post
    meh we have too many problems down here to be worrying about Space anyway
    Those Europeans sure did wait for everything to be perfect back home before they set forth to explore across the oceans.

    There is always going to be problems "down here". Might as well spread the calamity of human existence as far and as wide as we can.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I do support the space program. I'm afraid that all the lost lives made D.C. nervous, as well as eroded public support. Space really is the final frontier. If we snooze, we really will lose in the end. At one time I thought that by the end of this century, humans would be exploring the entire solar system... in person. Clearly that's not going to happen any time soon.

    It won't happen at all until we start active research again, and reach for those planets... and stars.
    I think the big problem is perception. NASA has made many Americans very wealthy due to investments and direct contributions to missions by doing business with the organization, but politicians have overall done a lousy public relations job of stressing the benefits we all enjoy from it such as computer speed, GPS, high level communications, and consumer products that are of superb quality.

    Most people think the space program is an excuse to just throw money and fuel into space. However, you have a point about the failed missions creating some serious politican tension, I never even considered that.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    I think the space program is one of the things that made this country great. I think we way overspend on the military and way underspend on NASA. The benefits of our technological advancement thanks to the space program have been manifold. I don't want to bring the shuttle program back, but I would like to see a new rocket program. I would like to see research on defense against asteroids. It was a huge asteroid that hit the earth and made the dinosaurs go extinct. I would like to see us develop the technology to destroy such an asteroid. The dinosaurs didn't have the intellect or tool making ability necessary to protect themselves from asteroids, but we do.

    I would also like to see us advance android and artificial intelligence technology. It would be extremely difficult to send a human being on far away space missions, but an intelligent android could much more easily make such missions. I would like humans to achieve the ability to upload a human mind into an android brain. Our first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial might be done by a mechanical human (an android).

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    It's not about "finding out." It's about boldly going.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Like the New World in the 1600's, Space is the new frontier. Those nations that explore it, exploit its resources and (eventually) establish colonies there will flourish and prosper.... those who ignore it will wither and fall into the dustbin of history, like the nations that failed to expand into what came to be called The Americas.


    I support NASA, though I think it needs to be drastically de-bureaucratized.

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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Like the New World in the 1600's, Space is the new frontier. Those nations that explore it, exploit its resources and (eventually) establish colonies there will flourish and prosper.... those who ignore it will wither and fall into the dustbin of history, like the nations that failed to expand into what came to be called The Americas.


    I support NASA, though I think it needs to be drastically de-bureaucratized.
    I agree, especially with the bolded part. I think that it should have a consolidated structure lending more to it's Airforce origins, the engineers should have as much say as possible since they are the ones responsible for the safety of our brave astronauts, and the leaner the better when it comes down to anything but especially large government programs.
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    Re: Do you support the Space Program?

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Those Europeans sure did wait for everything to be perfect back home before they set forth to explore across the oceans.

    There is always going to be problems "down here". Might as well spread the calamity of human existence as far and as wide as we can.
    expanding into lands on our own planet is a lot different to opening a BK on the moon or whatever the absurd idea they have right now!
    Last edited by Higgins86; 01-19-12 at 09:41 PM.

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