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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    we have found out what we needed to know about space.---
    .........Considering we haven't actually fully explored or even been to any of the planets in our own solar system, I find this statement to be kind of, you know. False.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    .........Considering we haven't actually fully explored or even been to any of the planets in our own solar system, I find this statement to be kind of, you know. False.
    We can tell all we need to know, with out the expense of boots on the ground. We know their composition, temperature, orbits, and just about everything else there is to know, from prior exploration, which was a good thing. ---the results were less than impressive. There is nothin there of value, other than mining. Not one Walmart, of the Jetsons or anything. ---How much would it cost, to bring back a ton of ore from a distant Planet. ---right, to much.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    We can tell all we need to know, with out the expense of boots on the ground.
    Who said anything about boots on the ground? You've been saying that NASA has outlived its usefulness. You do realize that NASA does lots of unmanned missions, don't you? In fact, the vast majority of our knowledge of the solar system comes from unmanned missions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy
    We know their composition, temperature, orbits, and just about everything else there is to know, from prior exploration, which was a good thing.
    This is flat-out false. Most of the solar system's worlds have not been explored. By my count, we've sent probes to Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan. We also have a very basic knowledge of Ganymede, Io, Callisto, Uranus, and Neptune. That's it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy
    the results were less than impressive. There is nothin there of value, other than mining.
    Define "value." Scientific knowledge isn't worth anything to you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy
    Not one Walmart, of the Jetsons or anything. ---How much would it cost, to bring back a ton of ore from a distant Planet. ---right, to much.
    NASA does not exist to harvest ore from distant worlds at a profit, so once again this is a ridiculous strawman.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    It boils down to this.--If I seek knowledge, I will find it own my own. I would never expect the Gubment, nor the Tax payers to fund my education.---We have lots to explore and develop right here at home, in my opinion. ---Personally I no longer have the fascination with Space, as I once did. Now that I'm pretty sure there is no intelligent life in our solar system. ---And after seeing Avatar for the second time, I'm not sure the inhabitants of another world would do well to welcome us. --we do have a pattern it seems.---but if you would like to fund such projects, please, be my guest.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    It boils down to this.--If I seek knowledge, I will find it own my own. I would never expect the Gubment, nor the Tax payers to fund my education.---We have lots to explore and develop right here at home, in my opinion. ---Personally I no longer have the fascination with Space, as I once did. Now that I'm pretty sure there is no intelligent life in our solar system. ---And after seeing Avatar for the second time, I'm not sure the inhabitants of another world would do well to welcome us. --we do have a pattern it seems.---but if you would like to fund such projects, please, be my guest.
    To part in bold. Neither would I. However I would expect them to do everything that they can to make human life better. By continuing NASA they are advancing that cause....far better than any of their other projects imo. I've yet to see any other government run project that has not cost more than NASA and yet has achieved as much as NASA.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    NASA has become obsolete. They were relevant 30 years ago. today they are fat and bloated, not to mention top heavy. they are to comfortable in their stale position. were new private enterprises are now the cutting edge of technology.--NASA is to old and fat to keep up with Knew Kids on the block. ---when Kennedy said to go to the Moon, he had no idea what to do when we got there. He was simply trying to one up the Russians, at our expense. What good has any of those Moon trips done us?? People didn't even watch the last one, cause it was just more of the same ole thing. tomorrow is in front of us, not behind us.
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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Being not to far from the Kennedy Space Center on a recent trip to Florida to visit the folks, I considered a trip over there to see their museum. I did, that is, until I saw the price tag for a ticket (well over $40.00!). O.K. I might have paid it, but I couldn't help questioning that my tax dollars pay for NASA, but I have to pay again to see what my tax dollars are doing? Anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?

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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    Being not to far from the Kennedy Space Center on a recent trip to Florida to visit the folks, I considered a trip over there to see their museum. I did, that is, until I saw the price tag for a ticket (well over $40.00!). O.K. I might have paid it, but I couldn't help questioning that my tax dollars pay for NASA, but I have to pay again to see what my tax dollars are doing? Anyone else see anything wrong with this picture?
    Yes. They want the money from the tourists. Those SOBs.

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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by stalin_was_a_nice_being View Post
    Yes. They want the money from the tourists. Those SOBs.
    But they already got my money to build it.

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    Re: Has NASA Outlived it's Usefulness?

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaO01 View Post
    But they already got my money to build it.
    They could always use more....and really the price is there for the foreigners who are not americans. But they should really change that and make the foreigners pay the 40$ and the americans should pay 0. In Europe when I went the price for a Eurorail global pass-for a month-was 570e. The members of the EU pay just 130e. A huge disparity.

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