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This is exciting news, but i also agree with SpankyMcFlych, where is NASA going to get funding for this development?
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Anything NASA related is just awesome. Simply beyond a lot of my comprehension. I can't even imagine the amount of risk these guys deal with at every launch.

This again. I'm so used to the hate on Reddit. tongue.gif Ha, you can't downvote me!

I think NASA should have more funding than anything else besides military DEFENSE.
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Funny. I wrote a synthesis essay in AP lang & comp today that had to do with this a bit :
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Explorers and tales of explorations tend to capture the human imagination. However, such explorations have
financial and ethical consequences. Space exploration is no exception.
Assignment
Read the following sources (including the introductory information) carefully. Then, in an essay that synthesizes
at least three of the sources, develop a position about what issues should be considered most important in
making decisions about space exploration.
I was with cutting NASA's budget because sure it is cool and all with this, but in the state America is we do not need to put money in unnecessary places, like space exploration. We can wait 10, 25 or even 50 years when we are in a proper financial situation and go into space and actually do something more then what we have done in the past. Just my 2cents.gif...
PS. I do understand the small number NASA is with the federal government spending, but that could be put else where or into the massive debt.
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Funny. I wrote a synthesis essay in AP lang & comp today that had to do with this a bit :
I was with cutting NASA's budget because sure it is cool and all with this, but in the state America is we do not need to put money in unnecessary places, like space exploration. We can wait 10, 25 or even 50 years when we are in a proper financial situation and go into space and actually do something more then what we have done in the past. Just my 2cents.gif...
PS. I do understand the small number NASA is with the federal government spending, but that could be put else where or into the massive debt.
You should look into things. NASA is the most profitable branch of the US government per dollar spent since they license so many patents and as with the 60s, a national goal that doesn't revolve around death energizes the economy. Putting more money into NASA would actually deal with the debt faster.



As for waiting for anything scientific, I'll just leave this here:



The longer we're in a transitional state, the better chance of us not making it to the other side.
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Forget it. talking to you guys is like talking to a brick wall although the brickwall might be more intelligent and understand what I'm trying to point out.

One word. REUSABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is that clear enough for you?rolleyes.gif

Why would you need reuseability for exo solar exploration?

A. Consider other atmospheres and different pressures will require different wing designs,something that can't be altered post production.

B. Wings add mass,mass is your enermy in every form of space travel,mass better spent on radiation shielding pretty much vital beyond Earths magnetic belt.

C. Spaceplanes are an outdated design,maintainance is not cost effective,the drop pod style re entry favoured by the Russians doesn't have the cost nor the complications that accompany resusability......nor the death toll.

D. X wings are not real and you will never see a real Deathstar,forget all that romantic view of space travel. Space ships with this tech will look like scaffolding crashed into the canned food aisle of wal mart. They will never feel air on their hulls so they don't need the control surfaces.
Space is about delta-v,nothing else.
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Funny. I wrote a synthesis essay in AP lang & comp today that had to do with this a bit :
I was with cutting NASA's budget because sure it is cool and all with this, but in the state America is we do not need to put money in unnecessary places, like space exploration. We can wait 10, 25 or even 50 years when we are in a proper financial situation and go into space and actually do something more then what we have done in the past. Just my 2cents.gif...
PS. I do understand the small number NASA is with the federal government spending, but that could be put else where or into the massive debt.

So you think we're just doing "space exploration" with no financial or technological benefit? The belief that the money going to space is just being thrown out is mind-boggling to me. It's probably the single most important thing we can fund for our countries future. We need to do as much as possible as soon as possible, not wait 50 years because there's other problems in the budget.
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Space ships with this tech will look like scaffolding crashed into the canned food aisle of wal mart.

That, sir, is the best explanation for a modern space ship i have ever seen. lachen.gif
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I'll go on a one way trip to Mars only if they give me 4 Titans. biggrin.gif
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So you think we're just doing "space exploration" with no financial or technological benefit? The belief that the money going to space is just being thrown out is mind-boggling to me. It's probably the single most important thing we can fund for our countries future. We need to do as much as possible as soon as possible, not wait 50 years because there's other problems in the budget.
That is not the idea or "belief" I was trying to say, at all. But we need to cut corners some where. I am not saying "KILL NASA!" but some things do have to change, in everything whether we like it or not. A example is this article..
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In the bill, there is money set aside to start planning a mission to Europa to explore its hidden ocean. NASA’s other small planetary exploration missions are getting a boost, allowing a new mission opportunity next year instead of two or three years from now. Additional research funding will support a community of world-class scientists and students around the country. There is also funding for a restart of Plutonium-238 fuel production, crucial for deep-space missions—an issue that has gone unresolved for almost three years.
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/bill-nye/20130328-a-major-political-victory-for-the-society.html

Please do not get me wrong in this, I am a person who loves science and is going for Nuclear Engineering, I just feel that this honestly is NOT needed right now in the state we are in.
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That is not the idea or "belief" I was trying to say, at all. But we need to cut corners some where. I am not saying "KILL NASA!" but some things do have to change, in everything whether we like it or not. A example is this article..
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/bill-nye/20130328-a-major-political-victory-for-the-society.html

Please do not get me wrong in this, I am a person who loves science and is going for Nuclear Engineering, I just feel that this honestly is NOT needed right now in the state we are in.

I don't think you do understand then. Like I said, it has nothing to do with "loving science". Understanding our universe is key to developing new technologies, and that knowledge can be obtained through space travel... not to mention the advancements gained from developing new ways to get there... and the infinite value that access to materials readily available in space will bring.

You can argue that NASA could spend it's funding better, but you can't argue that money spent on pretty much any space program is waste that can be cut.

The key to eventually getting out of the financial mess you're so worried about is NOT cutting programs that look to the future, like NASA. I also think more money should be given to encourage private enterprise, like SpaceX.
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