View Poll Results: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

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  • Very, we should be sending men back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond

    48 68.57%
  • Somewhat, but we should stick to sending probes

    4 5.71%
  • Not very important now, maybe in the future

    11 15.71%
  • Not at all, it's a distraction and a waste of money

    10 14.29%
  • Space is boring.

    0 0%
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Here we go, the quarterly "Should We Be in Space?" debate. Space should not even be on our radar (pun intended) right now other than to manage our satellites. Mars doesn't make the debt go away if we colonize it. The space program is kinda like the extra channels you can order with the Dish Network premium package. Sure, the channels are cool, but when money gets tight its time to dump them until things pick up again.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    When the millions get tired of lazy asses spending billions and they dont even have a home.........its GILLOTINE time.

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    when they complain about it, we will remind them they are so smart, they cant even tell the difference between english and metric........

    "NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because one engineering team used metric units while another used English units for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday"

    That would have built 6500 very nice homes for people to live in...........
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    It's worth every penny and then some---and we spend very few pennies on it as it is. The funding we put into scientific research and space will pay more dividends than the enormous sums we waste at HUD or on Farm Subsidies. With minimal funding we've made huge progress in facilitating the development of an embryonic commercial space program that could vastly increase the quality of our civilization and yield untold billions. We should have accomplished so much more than we have but a combination of Cold War sensibilities, strangulating Congressional oversight, and lack of funding priority set us back decades. Now the high frontier is alive with excitement again and now is not the time to pull back.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    Wrong.

    We have the technology to colonize and develop our own solar system NOW!

    Moreover, emphasis on exploitation and colonization of our own solar syatem would open all sorts of business and employment opportunities. For example; all the industry necessary for construction of space vehicles, colonization living modules, lunar/planetary contruction vehicles, and equipment and all the attendant technology would open up a slew of white and blue collar jobs HERE in the USA.

    This effort would also open up doors to scientific inquiry leading to further advances in technology (like your fusion power idea) and fulfill most of my suggested goals.
    Completely and unreservedly agree. Though Angry does have one solid point: The ISS was a terrible program and has done so much damage to public confidence about what is possible in space.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    It's worth every penny and then some
    and it is ONLY pennies! I'm too bored to repost the the pie chart that shows NASA budget is only like .07% of the Federal budget... Heck we could trim 10% off the 4 largest entitlement programs, chuck that into NASA's budget appoint someone to lead it that didn't have 'outreach' as a mission goal and in less than five years be getting daily morning show broadcasts from the colony on Mars


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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    ISS was a terrible program
    skylab was a hoot though eh?


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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by MarineTpartier View Post
    Here we go, the quarterly "Should We Be in Space?" debate. Space should not even be on our radar (pun intended) right now other than to manage our satellites. Mars doesn't make the debt go away if we colonize it. The space program is kinda like the extra channels you can order with the Dish Network premium package. Sure, the channels are cool, but when money gets tight its time to dump them until things pick up again.
    That's why private industry is getting involved. Then both can piggy back each other. We can't just keep relying on satellites either. Already some have been put out of commission by solar flares. Or other malfunctions.

    Mining resources off asteroids and water.....will help our economy. Colonizing the Moon should come before Mars. Having a grounded satellite would be prudent rather than those just flying around in orbit.

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    yer gonna mine water when 75% of this planet is covered innit? heh OK

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    yer gonna have to dug tunnels n live underground on the moon (prolly on Mars too?)
    thar's this pesky lil thang called radiation 'out thar'

    neither orb has a magnetic field to shield ya but you knew that already rightie oh?

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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Which one ionizes yer rna/dna faster, cosmic or solar radiation?

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