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Ohh like fresh water, gold, platinum, helium and a bunch of other useless stuff we have no use for here on earth...

We're never going to run out of fresh water. Gold and platinum are both primarily here to look nice and helium isn't a massive concern.

So he was right. Spend that money on... I don't know, feeding people who live in places where all there is to eat is sand? Oh but then, you want that platinum necklace don't you?

Fix our own planet before going outwith it.
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I send an a galaxy s3 in space cost lets Imagine 10000$(shipping cost)how much did mars cost .lets say my Sammy break how much it cost ?hell its so light it can probably be trown in some fashion lol.and i bet the Samsung is the most advanced techno there would be in space.gov are inefficient .

How well can your GS3 stand up to cosmic radiation? Will it be 100% reliable for a few years? Will it work at -100°C (surface temperature of Mars)? A lot of the "inefficiency" is due to making sure that the things they send up there will work every time. If they don't then they have wasted a lot of resources. So really, in the long run, they are quite efficient.

One great thing about NASA is that whatever they discover is (mostly) public domain.

Privte companies, not so much.
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Politics much?

And I agree with the cut.
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post #14 of 135
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There are things much more important than finding stuff in space.
Break a leg in the US and you are screwed.

Right. Because no one in the US has Health Insurance. Hyperbole ftl dude.
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What a shame, all that money would be put to better uses ANYWHERE.

Bah, worthless opinion. Even if you disagree with our military budget, your claim makes you look like you're clueless. If you wanna lob stones, at least throw them with some kind of intelligence.

On topic: Shame that this is happening, but it needs to. America doesn't have the cojones to make cuts where they need to be made, and so a great program like this will take the axe. NASA just feels like a relic to too many people today. Articles for years have shown the trending fall of popularity of our space program.

I remember going to the Kennedy center and buying that dehydrated neopolitan ice-cream as a kid with my parents on a roadtrip. Took some back to class for show and tell. It was disgusting biggrin.gif
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post #15 of 135
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I believe someone posted spending figures on the U.S Budget and our National Defense/Military was like $467 Billion year vs NASA like $2 Billion.

NASA's yearly budget for 2012 is estimated to end up around a little more than $16 billion, still, nothing compared to the military. I wonder what the people of Earth could discover if they quit fighting like idiots and spent that money on science?

You might be getting the $2 billion number from the Mars Curiosity mission, I believe it was around $2 billion.
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post #16 of 135
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Originally Posted by Abs.exe View Post

There are things much more important than finding stuff in space.
Break a leg in the US and you are screwed.

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We're never going to run out of fresh water. Gold and platinum are both primarily here to look nice and helium isn't a massive concern.
So he was right. Spend that money on... I don't know, feeding people who live in places where all there is to eat is sand? Oh but then, you want that platinum necklace don't you?
Fix our own planet before going outwith it.

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/08/why-explore-space.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spin-off_technologies
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NASA has been directly and indirectly a driving force in a lot of the major technology we use today from the miniaturization of the computer and the wireless transmission techniques that fuel the cellphone industry, to the very materials in some of the products we all use, it's a darn shame to fight for its budget. Programs like NASA attract the most highly trained specialists on the face of the earth to work on programs that inspire future generations. I seriously envy the generation that watched the first men walk on the moon, and it kills me that my generation may not see something like that. Or if we do, it will be with a Chinese flag instead of an American one. Or worse, a Coca-Cola flag about 50 years too late.

I love the idea of a private space program, but if there is no profit then there is no progress. The government has the ability to open doors for the private sector and bridge the gap between profit and progress. And as much as I would like a smaller government, it's clearly NOT going to do that, so if we're going to pour trillions into artificially inflating the stock market forever to pad the pockets of those who already have billions, why not invest in something that will inspire the youth, push the boundaries of technology, assembly the brightest minds, and answer age old questions all while creating jobs, spinning off unforeseen technologies and securing the future for high-tech sciences here in our country and not somewhere else?

And I’ll be upset if I miss my chance to see pictures of a robot pulling fish out of the oceans on Europa. You can’t put a price on space fish. (Google it, Europa has some promising conditions for life that’s not just microscopic)
    
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post #18 of 135
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We're never going to run out of fresh water.

Potable fresh water is scarcer than you think. The Aral Sea crisis is a perfect example of people overestimating the renewability of fresh water. East Asia has 60% of the world's population, but only 36% of the world's water and they've had tons of problems with overtaxing their rivers and aquifers.
    
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If I was in the USA, I would. Such a shame, I really love things NASA is doing, it's one of the few things that what keeps me interested in the world.

You don't have to be a US citizen. There is a line stating your country of origin.
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post #20 of 135
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We're never going to run out of fresh water. Gold and platinum are both primarily here to look nice and helium isn't a massive concern.
So he was right. Spend that money on... I don't know, feeding people who live in places where all there is to eat is sand? Oh but then, you want that platinum necklace don't you?
Fix our own planet before going outwith it.

Well fresh water is a concern. Read up on it a little...

As for gold and platinum, they aren't only for jewelry. The computer you're using now needs some of those metals as well as Rare Earth Elements, which can be found in abundance in outer space. We first have to find them if we're to hope to get them.

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Right. Because no one in the US has Health Insurance. Hyperbole ftl dude.
Bah, worthless opinion. Even if you disagree with our military budget, your claim makes you look like you're clueless. If you wanna lob stones, at least throw them with some kind of intelligence.
On topic: Shame that this is happening, but it needs to. America doesn't have the cojones to make cuts where they need to be made, and so a great program like this will take the axe. NASA just feels like a relic to too many people today. Articles for years have shown the trending fall of popularity of our space program.
I remember going to the Kennedy center and buying that dehydrated neopolitan ice-cream as a kid with my parents on a roadtrip. Took some back to class for show and tell. It was disgusting biggrin.gif

Reported for insult.

As for the answer; that money could go towards many of your essential services (ei: education, healthcare etc.) or even your debt. But making enemies world wide has its price I guess.
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