I think this is great news but there will always be the few that will say "Why did they waste money on this? Why not spending it on curing cancer?"
Great job mankind.
Well, I heard from a radio announcer that the cost of the mission per capita of the U.S. population comes to $7 per American. I think we can afford that and still have money left over to donate to cancer research. And who knows what the research could yield?
Also, now that we have successfully landed a vehicle using this method, perhaps we could land one on one of the ice moons with liquid oceans and, armed with an ROV (and something to melt a hole), find out if there is life there as well.
Congrats NASA on Curiousity...kills a Martian alien bug. (space module makes a touchdown landing) "OUCH!" The endless quest for extraterrestrial life isn't a waste of money, it's part of human curiousity explores the universe farther into infinity, as long as it takes. It's unfortunate NASA cut-ended the Space Shuttle program when manned space exploration is in the process of complete multi-national privatization in an era where the entire human race needs to work together in exploration of outer space.
...The greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in trying, we did not give it our best effort.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:16 PM
Quake Storm Maverick 66er, on 08 August 2012 - 07:30 PM, said:
It's unfortunate NASA cut-ended the Space Shuttle program when manned space exploration is in the process of complete multi-national privatization in an era where the entire human race needs to work together in exploration of outer space.
it's unfortunate that the Obama administration, and it's Congress saw fit to scrap Constellation and not continue the Shuttle Program in lieu of spending tens of millions per seat on Russian Soyuz capsules while sacrificing the heavy lift capabilities the Shuttle provided.
The only involvement NASA had in that was signing off on about 10,000 unemployment compensation claims.
You refer to manned space exploration. That died under President Nixon, 40 years ago.
Any attempt to really get it moving again happened under President Bush in 2004, but that, as all good things that the U.S. has done, was scrapped by short-sighted government (Obama , in 2010).
We'll have to start over again.
It's a completely ridiculous situation. Someone needs to be fired because of it, but it's not NASA, nor is it the partnership we've developed in the past 15 years of work (ISS....).
Don't ever blame NASA, or ESA, or any partner for it.
They didn't scrap Apollo, and allow Apollo Applications to fade away.
They didn't cancel Constellation.
It was short sighted governments that did that. We had them in the 1970s, and we see another one right now.
So the next time you speak about cut space exploration programs, leave NASA out of it.
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Posted 15 August 2012 - 05:43 AM
this is a good deal i realy wish oboma hadnt killed the space program just to suport his life styal like many other things across the country he's killed out but this is all way better then thatthis is a step in mankinds futur maybe i know if i was a resident of mars an ran across this prob..yeah i'd have to be a smart ass at sum point an bend over just to show my ass nutting like a good unexpected mooning
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In all seriousness though... I held my breath while watching the event on Xbox Live. I hope this really brings a younger generation to the forefront where space and exploration are concerned. It seems that over the last 10 years or better, people have lost all interest in whats out there and most dont understand the benefits of space exploration. NASA and Space Exploration have brought us many things we may take for granted today, such as: invisible braces (for your teeth), water filtration systems, scratch resistant lenses, cordless power tools and even shoe insoles... those are just a few of the inventions that NASA helped give birth to...