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Is NASA On Life Support?

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2013 10:54:02 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
There are so many to choose from.

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 8:37:32 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
(I guess he/she couldn't think of one...)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 6:19:12 AM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Which previous missions to Jupiter did you also consider pointless, and why?

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 9:19:14 AM PDT
Macheath says:
When you're 16 trillion dollars in debt you start to cut on another pointless mission to Jupiter

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 12:21:15 PM PDT
Shane! Come back! Come back Shane!

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 7:41:19 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
You see Elaine, it was her unbridled enthusiasm that led to her downfall, she got herself mixed up in the highstakes world of Amazon fora and alien invasions.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 4:19:28 PM PDT
Would it be considered cruelty to animals?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 3:31:51 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
The shark?


Posted on Sep 9, 2013 2:29:44 PM PDT
You think she'd give him heartburn?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 9, 2013 2:24:57 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
It's just you.


Posted on Sep 9, 2013 12:33:08 PM PDT
Is it just me, or does anyone else hear the theme from "Jaws?"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2013 6:09:16 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
"It doesn't take a Political Science degree to wonder what happened with the shuttles."

Just a community college BS in Psychology?

("Obadummy" is a new one. And you're the person who wants to be regarded as "intelligent, curious, and sharing"? Make me LOL some more!)

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 5:15:44 PM PDT
OK, so if we want to actually discuss this point, what SHOULD be done with NASA?

1) There is no way our dysfunctional gov't is going to provide MOREand STABLE funding, which is what is really needed.
2) The current plan, which I wasn't a fan of originally but now think it's the best solution given #1 above is:
a) Help private industry with expertise and some funding to build low Earth orbit launch capability for manned and unmanned missions
b) Fund a new launch system (the SLS) for manned missions beyond Earth orbit
c) Leave specific future missions flexible since funding is so variable [If you start something and funding gets cut, you've wasted everything and have to start from scratch. Witness the Constellation program.]

For #2a, private initiatives spread the risk, and THEY will try things that NASA wouldn't attempt (like Mars One, or Dennis Tito's Mars 2018 Flyby with 2 people).

For #2b, unfortunately Congress keeps mucking up the situation by trying to tell NASA how to do it and when, but won't fund what's needed. Hopefully they won't mess it up too much.

For #2c, the general plan is to use the SLS to do missions to deeper space in gradual steps to learn how to do a Mars mission eventually. The reason the asteroid capture mission was recently added was to get some experience doing a manned mission to an asteroid sooner than a deep space mission to one could be done. Plus there is good science that could come out of it (like maybe we'll learn more about their makeup in case we need to deflect one from hitting us.)

I think the current plan is making the best of a bad situation. It's still a bad situation, though.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 4:58:48 PM PDT

"Although, Bob, if you want to argue that our whole dysfunctional government is just that short-sighted, wasteful and idiotic, I'd agree."
Thank you. That's the point. Past and current administrations (all past and current Presidents AND Congress) have put us in this situation.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 4:32:55 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 3, 2013 3:32:50 PM PDT

Your constant hatred for Obama makes your comments worthless. You still haven't figured out how gov't budgets and NASA funding work. I've told you many times to write your Congressfolk or join an organization if you want to make a difference. Keep your hatred over in the politics forum where it belongs.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 10:52:09 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 2, 2013 4:15:30 PM PDT
We have to hitch rides on Russian rockets. Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2013 3:43:23 PM PDT
New Moon Probe Raises Questions About What NASA Will Do Next In Space

Ask Vin Diesel, bet he knows.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2013 5:28:51 PM PDT
Ronald Craig says:
Questions like, "How can we land there again when it's covered with all those squid?", you mean?

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 9:23:38 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 31, 2013 10:58:57 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 21, 2013 3:41:01 PM PDT
Jules Verne is smiling down on us.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 1:21:40 PM PDT
PS..I guess the New Mexico Spaceport America isn't quite up to snuff for what they want to do. I've never seen a comparison, though I know it is about 33 degrees north vs. KSC at 28-1/2 degrees North meaning you get a bigger boost into orbit from Florida.

Posted on Aug 21, 2013 1:15:37 PM PDT
Well, since our tax dollars went into building those launch pads, it's nice to know that "we" will get some of that money back.

[Of course, who knows where the money will actually go. Cynical me thinks probably it will not be added to NASA's budget, but instead go into the slush pile to be spent on other gov't items.]
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