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#1 11 years ago

Screw it, we don't need space travel anyways, right?

Obama as cut the Constellation program from the 2011 FY budget. Constellation was NASA's replacement for the Space Shuttle. It was designed to take man back to the moon, and eventually to Mars.

So much for inspiring hope.




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#2 11 years ago

That sucks. I'm a fan of space exploration and don't like politicians who cut their funding. Most of the European space programs cooperate with NASA, so if the US scraps their programs chances are that we lose ours as well. Which means that Russia, China and India will continue to gather experience and create nice high-tech jobs.

It is true that space exploration is usually of somewhat limited immediate use (except for the stimulus-like effect of investing money into such programs) but recent events, such as the discovery of significant amounts of water on the moon, show that there are still a few things to do out there.




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#3 11 years ago

Well, Obama needed the money to pay his buddies in ACORN, the Unions and other useless programs and payoffs for his Lib friends.

It's sad to see it go, this is exactly the stuff NASA should be doing, not trying to track Global Warming


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#4 11 years ago

I actually think that this a good thing. I believe that space travel is just a waste of our taxes. Sure, we may need to leave this planet one day, but that is very, very far off. We need to be putting our money into ways to clean up the enviorment and education. Space programs should not be funded by the governement.


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#5 11 years ago

Yep, exploring the universe is a waste of time and money.

We don't need to see what's on the other side of the pond. We can never build a big enough boat to take us there anyways.

Imagine if mankind always thought like that.




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#6 11 years ago

But Republican kickbacks to Corporations and his oil baron buddies and shipping all our jobs overseas was somehow better?

I love how G.W.Bush flushed the US economy down the shitter but Republicans want to blame Obama for eight years of bullshit.

Constellation was canceled because it is grossly over budget and behind schedule. NASA is instead being given money to research new technology and rocket engines.

NASA is also being encouraged to embrace and accept input from the private sector, possibly working with private firms or "renting" private sector craft and rockets to get the job done.

Instead, an additional $6 billion of funding to NASA will be provided over the next five years. It is hoped that some of the money will be used as an incentive for private spaceflight companies to develop rockets capable of safely launching astronauts into orbit and to the International Space Station in place of the Space Shuttle.
NASA leaders touted the change as a bold new strategy to replace a NASA program that was overbudget and well behind its schedule to get back to the moon by 2020.

NASA budget kills Constellation program, shifts work to private space contractors | Space News from The Huntsville Times - al.com

And as usual Politicians are trying to fight the budget cut. In this case Republicans in Alabama. Not knocking Republicans for that. Democrat Kennedy always fought hard to defend anything that might hurt Colt Arms in Massachusetts.

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Imagine if mankind always thought like that.

Thats the thing, humans have always looked skyward and wanted to go there.




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#7 11 years ago

Keyword there being wanted. Not needed. The only use I see for space exploration is finding planets and expirementing with technology so that, when or if the time comes that we need to leave this planet, we will be able to. Until the time comes that there is a high chance that the earth will be highly unliveable, there is absolutly no use in it further then what I already mentioned.


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#8 11 years ago
Dragonelf68;5229960there is absolutly no use in it further then what I already mentioned.

Here are some nice drawings and explanations for those who ask themselves what NASA has ever done for us: The Space Place :: Inventions (Spinoffs) from Space




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#9 11 years ago

Dragonelf68;5229949I actually think that this a good thing. I believe that space travel is just a waste of our taxes. Sure, we may need to leave this planet one day, but that is very, very far off. We need to be putting our money into ways to clean up the enviorment and education. Space programs should not be funded by the governement.[/QUOTE]

Why? Imagine if in 1942, Colombus didnt get government funding to make his travel across the atlantic and connect with America? You think he could have raised that money privately? Hell no.

I can see how some people might not make space travel a priority, but remember, we cant last forever on this planet. All of the green technology in the world wont matter when our sun fizzles out. And if we dont start researching for the survival of mankind now, when it doesnt matter, then we will die as a species later.

Anlushac11;5229958 Constellation was canceled because it is grossly over budget and behind schedule. NASA is instead being given money to research new technology and rocket engines. [/QUOTE] So we can see what works, we just cant implement it.

[QUOTE=Anlushac11;5229958] NASA is also being encouraged to embrace and accept input from the private sector, possibly working with private firms or "renting" private sector craft and rockets to get the job done.

Ah, there is a good idea. One of the most advanced programs in the world needs to rely on Joe the Plumber for space travel research.

[QUOTE=Dragonelf68;5229960]Keyword there being wanted. Not needed. The only use I see for space exploration is finding planets and expirementing with technology so that, when or if the time comes that we need to leave this planet, we will be able to. Until the time comes that there is a high chance that the earth will be highly unliveable, there is absolutly no use in it further then what I already mentioned.

But developing that technology takes decades. We need to start somewhere. We slash it now and it will be easier and easier to not bring it back. Then the time will come where there will be a need for it, and we wont have it, because Obama would rather give banks bailouts for fucking up. Basically, hes destroying the future of humanity to give people who fucked up royally a second chance.




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#10 11 years ago

I agree with the cancellation. It's not as though the money is being cut and give to someone else, NASA is just being asked to go in a different direction, which I think is a good thing. They should be developing new space travel technologies so in the future space exploration can be cheaper, safer, and more effective.