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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?

    Seems some people are having Star Trek/Star Wars dreams.

    Regardless, Space exploration is very important. We need to progress without ceasing, I just hope I get to see some sort of grand breakthrough in my lifetime -- fingers crossed.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman05 View Post
    We have about 2 bil years. Chill. The problem isn't time, it's sorting things out stuff on the planet.
    Assuming we'll even exist 2 billion years from now.
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    Re: How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Seems some people are having Star Trek/Star Wars dreams.
    That is what most NASA supporters suffer from.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    We have the means and they were right in front of your noses all this time! I cannot believe you felt for it! Here is one sample of the rockets that have been flying to various planets ever since 16th century:


    It runs on prayer energy. This in fact is the only clementine image taken since.

    So you want our secrets? It shall costs yah!
    You are aware of the Intergalactic Borders Space Patrol ? Illegal aliens usually find themselves in a black hole.

    For us it's Manifest Destiny. We are just trying to return from where our ancestors came from thousands of years ago.

    Thousands of years ago the Perseus Confederacy picked the planet Earth to be used as a space penal colony. After checking out South America and what is today the Middle East, it was discovered that these areas were already occupied by Earthlings who still had a foot in the stone age. So the Perseus Confederacy chose what is today Northern Europe to be used as a penal colony.

    After thousands of year the descendent's of the original convicts decided why should we be punished living on this basket case of a planet for the crimes our ancestors committed thousands of years ago ?

    So it's been our "Manifest Destiny" to return too our real home where our ancestors came from, the Perseus Arm of the Milkyway Galaxy.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._Star_Trek.png

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

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Even before Obama's sequestration there is no government manned spacecraft in the pipeline.

    In fact Obama has told Congress that he wants depend on Russia for putting Americans into space. Putin has no problem with American greenbacks. It just means less greenbacks in America's economy and more in Russia's economy.

    There is the American private sector who have manned spacecraft in the pipeline.
    Well Gingrich wasn't that far off with his idea of Colonizing the Moon.....we should be moving forward to do that. Its logical that we should have some colony or base upon the Moon. We know there is water already on the moon. So it would be finding way to sterilize and made accessible to those that would live or be based there.

    I say Base as In Military, Uptop on the Surface and tunneled in.....Training for that environment. Able to rotate back to the planet. Extra set of eyes and ears out there. Moreover we need to do this as a Sovereign Country and not some united effort with others.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
    Seems some people are having Star Trek/Star Wars dreams.

    Regardless, Space exploration is very important. We need to progress without ceasing, I just hope I get to see some sort of grand breakthrough in my lifetime -- fingers crossed.
    Yeah, we shall see if the Russian's put up that hotel or the mining company launch their ships in 2015. Course Branson is working on something too.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Isn't the private sector always better than the government?
    But I always enjoyed what was developed by the military industrial complex which also includes NASA. Like the internet, cordless tools, tubeless tires, microwave ovens, GPS, cell phones, commercial jet airliners, weather satellites, scary looking rifles that liberals call assault weapons, etc. etc. etc. ...

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

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    But I always enjoyed what was developed by the military industrial complex which also includes NASA. Like the internet, cordless tools, tubeless tires, microwave ovens, GPS, cell phones, commercial jet airliners, weather satellites, scary looking rifles that liberals call assault weapons, etc. etc. etc. ...
    Heya Apache.....these guys even mention NASA's plans to build a station on the moon. Which we know is tied with Grants with the Air Force/ Air Space Command.


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

    Btw.....Were going back to the Moon. Just past midnight.

    NASA launches robotic explorer to moon from Va.; trouble develops early in much-viewed flight

    NASA’s newest robotic explorer rocketed into space late Friday in an unprecedented moonshot from Virginia that dazzled sky watchers along the East Coast.

    But the LADEE spacecraft quickly ran into equipment trouble, and while NASA assured everyone early Saturday that the lunar probe was safe and on a perfect track for the moon, officials acknowledged the problem needs to be resolved in the next two to three weeks.

    The LADEE spacecraft, which is charged with studying the lunar atmosphere and dust, soared aboard an unmanned Minotaur rocket a little before midnight from Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

    “Godspeed on your journey to the moon, LADEE,” Launch Control said. Flight controllers applauded and exchanged high-fives following the successful launch. “We are headed to the moon!” NASA said in a tweet.....snip~


    NASA launches robotic explorer to moon from Va.; trouble develops early in much-viewed flight - The Washington Post

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    And that's where space flight will gain true legitimacy. The government just wants good PR, and rocks to put in a museum. The private sector will want results and profit, and that's how we move forward. Keeping it government only will only perpetuate the state of stagnation our space program has faced since the 70's.
    I don't think the U.S. government should completely drop out of manned space exploration. But Obama has already made that descion. Obama isn't the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree. He lacks the knowledge of history.

    It may have been the British Crown and the Royal Navy and Spanish Crown and the Spanish Navy who discovered the "New World" and explored the oceans.

    But when you look at America and how we expanded westward and conquered the frontier. It was the military who first explored and mapped and surveyed the West. That was the job of the Army Corps of Engineers. Lewis and Clark as an example.

    But it was "Manifest Destiny" where it was the private sector who actually settled the West, not the military. But the military always followed close behind.

    I'm sure you have seen John Gast painting that most refer to America's Manifest Destiny. The actual title of the painting is "America's Progress."

    Look at it closely. No liberal revisionism is seen. You also don't see the American Army, they always followed close behind.

    How Important is Space Exploration as a National Interest?-788px-american_progress-jpg

    The U.S. military has to play a significant part in manned space exploration and it can't depend on Russia or China for manned space transportation.

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