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You may assume that the system would have tons of RAM, hard drive space, a superfast processor and much more.

The shuttles were built in 1980, that was a ton of RAM, hard drive space, and a super-fast processor for that time.
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I remember reading that the only reason they were able to get data off a hard drive recovered from the Columbia explosion was because the operating system was MS-DOS and DOS writes to one end of the disk instead of all over. The destroyed area of the disk happened to be the part that DOS doesn't write to until the disk is nearly full.

As someone said earlier, why fix what isn't broken? It costs money to upgrade and unless there is a clear need to upgrade it won't happen. You'd be surprised how many business still rely on COBOL code from the 70's and 80's.
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The space shuttle accidents that happened where due to mechanical issues. Failed seals, damaged heat plates, that sort of thing. Its really a shame that the only way at the moment to get people up to space is using the russian soyuz capsule
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It really seams like a step backwards form the golden era of shuttles in the mid 80's.

Problem is no one really cares anymore. All they care about is making money, waiting for the next iphone to come out, wondering who will win american idol, watching jersey shore, ect ect.
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Apparently they do play video games! but which ones?
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=7168909&page=1#.Tz0SZsVSTNU

Also interesting fact astronauts and cosmonauts while in space suffer from massive hair growth. Gravity causes skin cells to "fall" and without gravity they just continue to build up. Woman and men come back to Earth with back and chest hair and need a shave! Good place to go if you are balding tongue.gif

My current tenant and friend is a retired NASA training instructor and her husband is a retired astronaut. I get some good stories out of those two. biggrin.gif

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Problem is no one really cares anymore. All they care about is making money, waiting for the next iphone to come out, wondering who will win american idol, watching jersey shore, ect ect.

NASA also does not advertise at all. In Russia there are HUGE parties before a space flight, people gather on the launch site and visit the crew, touch the rocket, they love it. Here NASA does nothing to promote space exploration and for that only those who know about it see any news at all.
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NASA also does not advertise at all. In Russia there are HUGE parties before a space flight, people gather on the launch site and visit the crew, touch the rocket, they love it. Here NASA does nothing to promote space exploration and for that only those who know about it see any news at all.

I remember when schools would stop classes and the national TV stations would cancel regular programing to air a space shuttle launch. There would be huge crowds of people at the launch site to watch it live. When the Challenger exploded people everywhere were actually in tears. Then some how it all it went away. Now days the only way NASA can get something on television is to put it on the NASA channel. When Columbia exploded...almost no one cared and if it ever comes up I usually find a few people that never even heard about it. They will say, "Don't you mean the Challenger?" and I will have to Google it for them.

I think NASA just assumed people would keep caring about it on their own and did nothing to encourage people. And now it is coming back to haunt them and they are trying to pull some crazy PR stunts like getting Lucas Arts involved when they found a planet that orbited two suns. It is just too little too late.
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But at least there are the Mars rovers, well rover now as Spirit is no longer operational and they are going to send a new one as well. Nuke powered this time so no running out of juice due to dirty solar panels.
    
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You may assume that the system would have tons of RAM, hard drive space, a superfast processor and much more.
The shuttles were built in 1980, that was a ton of RAM, hard drive space, and a super-fast processor for that time.

But it was designed with tech from the 70's.
That is why it used "old" hardware. It was state of the art when the design happened. By the time it was built then actually flown, it was "old" but it worked and was what it was designed with.
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