NASA and its future? 19 replies

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NCC1017spock

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#1 10 years ago

In past years NASA has talked about ending the shuttle program and working on getting back to the moon by 2020. Along with that the Shuttle Program is coming to an end in 2010, and is appers to have nothing to replace it at the moment. Instead we will be returning to mostly non-reusable rocket capsules. I was wondering what every one's elses opion on this was. Becuase I personally believe moving on is a good thing, but it seems to me NASA is not filling in all the spaces during this time of change. Also the some questions need to be answered such as: Are we ready to go to Mars? Should we go alone? ( NASA - United States only ) Do we need a more globalized space agency? Whats next in space exploration? Will NASA actully get it's base on the moon? Will there be enough money for the Ares Project, and a base on the moon, plus the possiblity of going to Mars? Here are some links on information, vidoes and pictures on the subject: Moon base and Mars: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26963346/ Orion Capsule (old): Cosmic Log: Back to Apollo - Cosmic Log - MSNBC.com Ares Rockets (new): New moon rocket passes early design test - Space - MSNBC.com Transportation to the moon: NASA’s moonship quickly takes shape - Space.com - MSNBC.com Vidoe to "Transportation to the moon": msnbc.com Video Player Who's building it: Lockheed Martin to build future moonship - - MSNBC.com Issues with Ares I rocket: NASA moon rocket may shake too much - Space - MSNBC.com First luanch: Rocket tests planned for NASA’s moonship - Space.com - MSNBC.com Issues with ending the Shuttle Program: NASA chief warns of possible job cuts - Space.com - MSNBC.com Pictures of Ares Project: Back to the moon, step by step Tests on Orion Capsule: Orion moon capsule mock-up has test spin - - MSNBC.com Good things on the Ares Program: NASA engineers design maverick moon rocket - Space - MSNBC.com Drop tests on Orion capsule: NASA performs drop tests on moonship - Space.com - MSNBC.com Thats all I'll post for the moment, I hope it is enough information there for you to have a better understanding of the subject ( if you dont already ) and please remember to vote in the poll above.




masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#2 10 years ago

Why not work on fixing the problems that affect us on Earth first, rather than spending billions to clamber onto rocks?




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#3 10 years ago
masked_marsoe;4610221Why not work on fixing the problems that affect us on Earth first, rather than spending billions to clamber onto rocks?

Why not do both, because you can't have everyone working on one thing? The exploration of space is what will continue to push our development of new technologies. I think the space agencies of the world should consolidate and form a single entity that cooperates in space exploration. It is an absolutely necessary step if we want to push ever farther out from our little corner of the universe.




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#4 10 years ago
Afterburner;4610226Why not do both, because you can't have everyone working on one thing? The exploration of space is what will continue to push our development of new technologies. I think the space agencies of the world should consolidate and form a single entity that cooperates in space exploration. It is an absolutely necessary step if we want to push ever farther out from our little corner of the universe.

Because one is an urgent need that requires immediate attention. The other is an optional sideshow.




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#5 10 years ago
masked_marsoe;4610230Because one is an urgent need that requires immediate attention. The other is an optional sideshow.

There world is not going to just suddenly collapse around us. And space is hardly a sideshow. It is the future of the human race.




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#6 10 years ago
masked_marsoe;4610230Because one is an urgent need that requires immediate attention. The other is an optional sideshow.

Some of the developments from space exploration will pour over into earthy issues.

We landed on the moon with the same amount of computing power as common calculator. Right now most of our probes and space craft use processors that are slightly faster than the 486's that powered computers 15 years ago.

We have the technology to go to mars and set up a base on the moon. The only issue is funding and risks associated with space flight. The government probably won't get man back on the moon by 2020. A private cooperation could be landing people on the moon in 10 years for a fraction of the cost of NASA's plan.




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#7 10 years ago
Afterburner;4610232There world is not going to just suddenly collapse around us. And space is hardly a sideshow. It is the future of the human race.

I have no expectation of the entire planet collapsing, just the bits we are pressuring beyond capacity. Things like salt buildup in soils, desertification, acidification of the oceans, sterilisation of soils, etc.

We already have all the technologies and almost all the knowledge we need to survive here for the next million years or so. But we haven't made many large-scale attempts to actually fix the problems.

Once we have, then you can have your rocket-ships.




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#8 10 years ago

In my opinion NASA needs more money than it currently gets so they can fund these programs, do more R&D, and eventually allow humanity to advance far into space. Then we can find hot alien women, giant space bugs to kill, and all sorts of other badass things. :)




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#9 10 years ago

I think Our space program is doomed to be exactly as it is right now for the next 20 years....no increase in propulsion technolgy.




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#10 10 years ago

China is aiming for the moon, I believe. It would be beneficial to both countries if NASA decided to race them to it - the technological benefits would be huge.




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