I mean NASA has had a hand in some form or another when it comes to cancer diagnosis, mattress technology, weather prediction, cameras, computing and even ocean navigation. If you REALLY sit down and explore just how much money the free market makes off **** that NASA invented and how many people benefit from the thousands of engineers who work for the U.S. government. The benefits of NASA simply outweigh those of any social program or taking a gamble on the all powerful market to develop the same ideas. Now I know Ron Paul opposes NASA because he thinks it's a violation of the 636th amendment. But **** him. It's a good violation of the constitution when it is beneficial to the U.S. government in the way NASA has been for nearly 50 years.
Why should NASA be sold or shrunk down? If anything the last 30 years have proven that NASA is just as capable of producing even more results with smaller budgets. So yeah. **** Ron Paul. There are a lot of things I dislike the guy for and this is just one more to add to the list.
Last edited by Hatuey; 12-23-09 at 11:44 PM.
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NASA is probably one of the few useful things to come out of the government. Don't get me wrong they can and are wasteful, but nothing like some other arms of the government. I think Hauty pretty much covered the "private sector" gains from NASA.
I am into Astrophotography etc. So their is no way I could ever be convinced it is a waste.
It is (with the deep oceans) one of the last great frontiers, and we need to be looking at it and exploring it.
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A lot of the robotics that Canada invented for space research, like the CanadArm, has lead to industry robotics for automated manufacture. Not to mention raw computing power.
Even though I think human social development is not at the right stage for full on space exploration, our long term survival will depend on being able to get off of this planet and spread ourselves into space. NASA has been an excellent start to that process and we are benefitting in the process. Same with any other space agency in the Western world.
Canada wouldn't be the leader in robotics if we didn't have the Canadian Space Agency.
Last edited by MSgt; 12-24-09 at 01:16 AM.
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When NASA finally gets that Scramjet working Skateguy is going to have to sit on the old style plane which takes 11 hours to cross the Pacific while the rest of us breeze past him in less than 1 hour.
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