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Russian Bio-Satellite Sent to Baikonur

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

Russian Bio-Satellite Sent to Baikonur Space Port


RIA Novosti said:

MOSCOW, February 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Bion-M satellite and a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket have been delivered to the Baikonur space launch center in Kazakhstan, the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said on Monday.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:38 PM

Odd. Seems the type of thing we would have done before having a manned space station for the past x decades. But I guess this might have more to do with traveling long distances.

And for the record those mice will never be the same after this.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:12 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 19 February 2013 - 02:38 PM, said:

Odd. Seems the type of thing we would have done before having a manned space station for the past x decades.
It was. Why does that mean it should stop now?

View PostAsteroidX, on 19 February 2013 - 02:38 PM, said:

But I guess this might have more to do with traveling long distances.
It has more to do with the fact that we are still learning. Do you really think that we know all we need to know about the effects of microgravity on living organisms?

Science never stops learning. As old questions are answered so new questions are posed. New questions require new experiments and therefore (where spaceflight is concerned) new missions.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:16 PM

Is it progress however ?

Im all for it. But are we over analyzing something that we could be spending the money on say something brand new. Just curious. I fully support this type of research but if we have limited resources is where I start to wonder.

Russian philosophy in the past I would expect them to load up a ship and land it on the moon and start building. There usually very industrious and willing to risk life and limb for the Motherland.


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Posted 19 February 2013 - 04:56 PM

View PostAsteroidX, on 19 February 2013 - 03:16 PM, said:

Is it progress however ?
Of course it is. If it is researching something that is po0rly understood then it is progress.

View PostAsteroidX, on 19 February 2013 - 03:16 PM, said:

Im all for it. But are we over analyzing something that we could be spending the money on say something brand new. Just curious. I fully support this type of research but if we have limited resources is where I start to wonder.
Define "brand new".

You give the impression that new ideas in science are somehow plucked out of this air. You couldn't be more wrong. New ideas generally come as the result of meticulous research. Much of that research will not lead to new discoveries, but some will. There is no way of knowing which will succeed and which will fail unless it is tried. But don't take my word for it, listen to what some of the worlds greatest scientific minds had to say on the matter:

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View PostAsteroidX, on 19 February 2013 - 03:16 PM, said:

Russian philosophy in the past I would expect them to load up a ship and land it on the moon and start building. There usually very industrious and willing to risk life and limb for the Motherland.
Then you understand little of the philosophy of the Russian space programme.

Unlike the US space programme the Russians have tended to go for gradual evolution not revolution. An example of this is the fact that the USA has so far used 6 different launch vehicles to put men in space. The Russians are still using the same launch vehicle (albeit highly modified) that put Gagarin in space in 1961.

Another example is the Bion-M satellite that this topic is about. The re-entry module of that vehicle is based on the Vostok capsule that Gagarin used.

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