This cancels America's manned exploration of space in its entirety. Once the shuttles are kaput, we're supposed to rely on....what?
I think it's a little dangerous to have our whole civilization in one place.And why would that be?
I think it's a little dangerous to have our whole civilization in one place.
Besides, at the appropriate scale, the moon and indeed the whole solar system is one place anyway.
There are a lot of impressive ( and desperately needed) things that can be done here on earth that you can be proud of.
Having read the story, this makes sense. The world hasn't yet fully recovered from the GFC and using what 'little' (if you can call $6B little) available funds to extend the life of the ISS makes more sense to a layman like me than another trip to the moon (as exciting as that would have been). Seems the ISS is where the real science is being done these days.
Yeah, water filters, insulation, cordless tools and pill transmitters that help monitor fetuses are complete wastes of time and money. Goddamn you NASA for the side benefits of manned space exploration!
Look, people this is how it works: NASA sends people in space and brings them back alive. In order to do that, they develop a lot of new technologies that wind up benefiting those back on earth.
NASA isn't the problem, rather it's the various administrations playing politics with the agency's agenda instead of funding it and getting the hell outta the way.
As to fixing other problems first, NASA achieved its greatest feats in the midst of the 60s, while America was going through major shit. Canceling the manned space program wouldn't have done a damn thing to fix those problems.
Frankly, one of the tragedies of America is that it's wiling to spend half trillion dollars per year on defense, but can't spend a tenth of that on space exploration.
Ask the next dinosaur that you happen to meet.Duck says "quack."
Ask the next dinosaur that you happen to meet.
Too bad, the moon base was the last thing NASA was doing that I was still excited about. Mars is a place we know about already. It's red. No life found yet. Not that interesting anymore, really. But permanent residence on another planet? That would be amazing! And the moon is the closest, and therefore probably cheapest, place to do that.
Seriously, you can't go faster than light. Thus we're not going to have an interstellar civilization.
Unfortunately, due to political pressure, I am sorry to report
that I will be canceling outer space until further notice.
White House insiders say Obama budget axes Constellation program, plan to return astronauts to the moon - OrlandoSentinel.comWhen the White House releases his budget proposal Monday, there will be no money for the Constellation program that was supposed to return humans to the moon by 2020. The troubled and expensive Ares I rocket that was to replace the space shuttle to ferry humans to space will be gone, along with money for its bigger brother, the Ares V cargo rocket that was to launch the fuel and supplies needed to take humans back to the moon.There will be no lunar landers, no moon bases, no Constellation program at all.In their place, according to White House insiders, agency officials, industry executives and congressional sources familiar with Obama's long-awaited plans for the space agency, NASA will look at developing a new "heavy-lift" rocket that one day will take humans and robots to explore beyond low Earth orbit. But that day will be years — possibly even a decade or more — away.
I asked a dinosaur about this on my way into work this morning. It reminded me that his order not only survived the KT event, but his uncles dominated multiple niches for some time afterwards. It then cocked its head, and asked me if I was going to eat that last crust of bagel.
But "ask a dinosaur" is a stupid argument. Arguing for space exploration as a contingency plan for the long-term survival of the human species is like arguing that we should backup our tax records by printing them out and putting them in a paper bag on our front curb. The environment after the KT and Permian extinction events was still far more hospitable than any extraterrestrial one in our solar system.
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