Only the continuation of the research
Yes, I support the growth of human ability and accomplishment.
I also support the space program because it's really really cool. Isn't that the only reason we need?
I'd like for us to continue to fund NASA to the best extent possible. Our future logically lies amongst the stars. Although its impossible to state whether NASA itself will be the agency to take mankind, and sow his seed across the galaxy, it is a part of that process. With space exploration, you are constantly pushing the envelope of what we know about physics, chemistry, and all the other sciences. Its a building block, for the path off this remote speck of space dust.
Should we waste money, sitting around here studying the environmental impact man has on the hermit crab, or shall we aspire to a more worthy cause?
Whoever is with me, say "**** the hermit crab!!!"
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Perfect crystal production without gravity induced strain.
Pollution-free production of cubic miles of strain-free iron and steel products.
Low- and zero-gee boinking.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
There are plenty of substances that are rare enough on earth that it could be cost effective to get them from space. As we keep consuming resources, it only makes space extraction more and more viable. Rare earth elements used for high temperature super-conductors available in quantity would be extremely useful. Using robots to mine asteroids isn't inherently that expensive, and dropping them back to earth is cheap.You're not going to do most of that, especially the moon mining, so keep dreaming. Most other things, especially crystal production can be done on earth. Anything dealing with mining in space will not happen in our lifetime, nor is it really worth the effort since the money and resources would cost more to get something that could launch and mine in space and send back material than you would make on the mining itself.
Furthermore, we already have to put up satellites and maintain them today, so we are going to need some kind of spacecraft regardless.
Nothing that Scarecrow mentioned is science fiction at all, all of it reasonable. Not everything may end up being cost effective or useful, but don't confuse innovation for fantasy. The things he mentioned ARE practical applications.I mean, if we want to just list pipe dreams, sure. The space program could allow us to swim with space whales on Io. But I think we need to think practically when we talk about the usefulness of NASA. There are some uses there, I would say primarily in astronomy and astrophysics. I wouldn't exactly nix NASA, but I wish people would quit thinking Star Wars and Star Trek and think about the practical applications of NASA.
The whole "humans colonizing the solar system" crowd are the ones you need to look out for.
NASA totally trashed the American heavy lift launch vehicle program, ie, Apollo, because they wanted to use the argument that without HLLV, they absolutely had to have the POS shuttle to get men into orbit.
Then they screwed the shuttle design into it's bastard configuration that's cost two birds and killed two crews.
NASA is a gigantic government bureaucracy, and clearly that's not the best way to get anything done.
Very very very few candidates are selected to undergo the training that the astronauts are required (usually peak fitness levels are required). The rest of the payroll are those who are fixing the problems that arise for billions of dollars worth of equipment and being able to find solutions.
If you don't think finding a solution to keep a human safe while re-entering the atmosphere is not practical (i.e. materials that are highly resistant to extreme temperatures and pressure), then I don't know what you consider applicable research.
"I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive al-Qa'ida." -- Lord Hoffmann
Otherwise, saying "no" in response to my quoted statement makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
Although I will add that your opinion of NASA has been registered, and it has subsequently been filed in my "I don't give a ****" box.
Anything else you'd like to add so that I can not give a **** about it?
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