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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by bush pilot, Aug 6, 2012.
CNN has reported that the landing on Mars was a success. CNN is at least good for something.
If you think that's something, just wait until they sent a rocket to Uranus....
It's pretty wild to watch how they did it. I was thinking "no way that's going to work" and was really expecting a crash site for future generations to explore, but somehow, it worked.
13,000 mph to 0 mph in roughly 8 minutes... WHOA!
I may yet live to have witnessed both the first landing of men on the moon, and the first landing of men on Mars.
Another amazing feat of technology by NASA. I remember the moon landing and how quickly the general public became jaded with the subsequent return trips.
Kind of a sign of the times though when the network morning news shows gave about 2 minutes to the story this morning while devoting a lot of time to a Jamacan runner who does a type of 'archer move" after he wins a race and to how the shooting yesterday at the Shiek Temple in Wisconsin was a "hate crime". Guess the old saying "if it bleeds, it leads" is still true in the news industry. Especiallly if it can be twisted to further the gun control agenda.
That was really something:
A 'Rube Goldberg machine' where everything had to go perfectly or it failed spectacularly ...
and then the pictures came, showing that everything did work perfectly !
The lamestream media sure doesn't have any use for math & science ......
It must have been faked!
What does that 2.5 billion taxpayer dollars net us?
Employment for NASA employees who entertain the fantasy of instellar space travel yet who inexorably deny that without a far more advanced form of propulsion this is all just a huge waste to get pretty photos.
NASA should be ONLY working on some form of advanced propulsion for now. Period. Without it this is just an expensive hobby for the taxpayer.
The very technology utilized here to question the expenditure.
I can ascertain that no great explorers are in your ancestry. Let's stay home and remain dormant in front of the keyboard while technology, exploration and science advance in theory versus in practice.
All the technology (so far) taken for granted was created and envisioned by others who got off the couch and traveled beyond their mailbox.
Liken it to criticizing farmers with your mouth full.
Wait, you believe it happened?
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I think we already did and it was Voyager1 and 2 at 10 years travel time
So it's been multiple times?
NASA's budget is less than 1/2 if 1% of the entire federal budget. It would be OK with me if they doubled it.
In the meantime, Curiosity is going fossil hunting! Man takes another step away from the cave into the unknown. What a great time to be alive and be an American.
I have my doubts. I actually doubt we will even land man on moon again before I die.
The space program is one of few programs to generate useable returns. I doubt we would have computers of windows 98 cap today if not for space program. Likely still magnetic tape, huge machines, no microwave ovens (yes idea came from more military app but it became possible to make cheap....)
We are WAY behind where we should be regards space. We have gone backwards. (IMO too much concern in safety gear for too small a return.)