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posted 7/6/2011 12:07:57 PM |
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  sugarnspice005

And then there will be no more shuttle program. It's finished. Kind of sad really. There is just so much more out there to explore and learn. Wonder what NASA will come up with for further exploration in the future. And what becomes of the International Space Station? I remember hearing that Russia (?) would take up where America leaves off after the shuttle program ends with this last mission of Atlantis.

I've always liked the shuttle missions, the whole idea of space travel, exploration, I've found fascinating. Maybe they will design a ship of sorts that travels faster..and maybe can venture further out than our immediate orbit. Or, better yet, invent jump gates. Yeah, I used to watch Babylon 5 with Mick, he loved that show. I know, we're not quite at that kind of level of space exploration just yet.

My DirecTV package has the NASA channel on it....I probably should check it out more to see what that channel has on it. A few times when I've turned it on, it was on those who are working, and it got a little dull watching..but I've seen later on there where shows are listed about the planets, novas,etc. Or was that on the Science Channel? Well damn! Going to have to pay more attention. I have watched the Science Channel a few times. They have some interesting things on there.

Well, anyway, I hope NASA gets back up into space soon. There is just so much more out there to learn about and I'd really hate to see that end.

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LoveTester

Jul 6 @ 12:20PM  

Well there's always the Enterprize. Beem me up Scotty.
40DWM

Jul 6 @ 12:42PM  
You ain't gonna believe the SHIT Obysmal has in mind for it......

"In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation’s space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to “re-inspire children” to study science and math, to “expand our international relationships,” and to “reach out to the Muslim world.” Of those three goals, Bolden said in a recent interview with al-Jazeera, the mission to reach out to Muslims is “perhaps foremost,” because it will help Islamic nations “feel good” about their scientific accomplishments.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/obama-s-new-mission-nasa-reach-out-muslim-world"
flavorbuster

Jul 6 @ 2:27PM  
Well Hell fat bottom girls make the rocket world go round to occupy the male mind to easily forget about any old shuttle.
somnium

Jul 6 @ 3:18PM  
I would say that from the end of the Apollo missions to the Moon and back (which btw, the Saturn boost stages never had a fault in flight- that's a testament to our country's engineering skills) NASA became less funded from the Johnson administration forward to the present one!

In the Summer of 1962, JFK gave his speech about going to the Moon and bringing the astronauts back again! So now NASA figures it'll take maybe 15 years or so to get back to the Moon! WHAT??? It only took 7 years to get there and back the first time and that was with what is now considered antiquated equipment!

I guess some neat stuff from our dismal space program are in the works, like a single stage 'space liner' booster going fast enough to get into orbit or, the technology needed to get to Mars and back etc- they're talking in the 2030s or so for that- that's BS!! I can't see why we can't do that within the next 15 years max!!


Wordsofwit

Jul 6 @ 9:53PM  
In recent decades there has been a massive shift in matters regarding space. The space race of the fifties and sixties largely involved the two super powers. Since the fall of the Soviet Union most, I emphasize most, of the efforts have been multi-national. I would argue that in space and many other endeavors, especially those involving military and humanitarian intervention, that it should continue to be an international effort. We just don't have the funds for massive outlays in many areas to go it alone and there is really no reason why we should.
RevDocLove

Jul 6 @ 10:39PM  
You can get NASA on your computer..
Wordsofwit

Jul 6 @ 10:42PM  
I can't see why we can't do that within the next 15 years max!!

I can think of billions of reasons and they all have George Washington's picture on them

Many of you have heard me refer to my friends down at the coast. They work for a NASA contractor. Now let me say that my friends are not rocket scientists but rather highly skilled aerospace craftsmen that fabricate and assemble these things. I have actually been in the international space station before it was launched and mission control (pretty cool huh?). The public gets to see these things from a distance, but they don't get to go in them and really check them out but I have (we did this on Sundays)

The rifle devised to simulate a small meteorite traveling at 20,000 MPH to test the exterior of the international space station was pretty cool too. That was confidential in how it could deliver that muzzle velocity, but I can tell you that it was made of titanium and involved an eighth inch diameter ball bearing being driven by a gas charge in a vacuum test environment. What it revealed was that the exterior walls needed to be multiple layers of weaved kevlar between various jells and "plastic" films. The final product was about five inches thick.

Anyway, these guys talk shop a lot. This change towards moving space exploration down on the priority list has been going on for many years. It is not an Obama 180 in policy.

My friends worked for years on what I believe was called the X38 project. Essentially, it was a four-man George Jetson looking thing that could serve as a form of life boat for the international space station. They worked on it for a few years and it was successfully tested eventually but cancelled. They also worked on what was to be the next space capsule for Mars and it was canceled ultimately. But it didn't do real well on survivability tests at Edwards AFB which basically was to drop it out of a plane from 20,000 feet into the desert (the bottom shell cracked). Surprisingly, it did not look too much different from the capsule of the sixties. After Columbia disintegrated they also worked on replacing the tiles with an emphasis on changing the bevel but especially on employing new adhesive compounds. This project was very successful.

Wordsofwit

Jul 6 @ 10:49PM  
BTW, they are all republicans
somnium

Jul 7 @ 1:38AM  
I can think of billions of reasons and they all have George Washington's picture on them

Well yeah,,, and that seems to be the typical argument behind the people complaining about the 100s of billions we've invested in the past towards our future- all the while seeming to forget that that and the decades of research it took to technically get us to where we are today, in the first place!


StraddleMyNose

Jul 10 @ 5:11PM  
I hated to see it come to an end!

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