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I'm all for space exploration, but not at the cost it is at now. I think we need to avert resources to finding new methods of space entry/travel before we go trying to make it our sandbox. It's great, the space station and all, just not really worth the cost. Take everything we have learned from space exploration and I just don't think the benefits outweigh the cost. More research into cheaper methods would be better spent.
 
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So what, exactly, do you think NASA has been doing? The Shuttle was supposed to be cheaper and more reliable than capsule launches, but that proved to be untrue. Constellation would have taken already proven methods and tech from the Apollo era and expanded on them. And how are we supposed to develop these new methods when our only intention for the immediate and foreseeable future are mere hops to the ISS on other countries' rockets?

Do you like the PC you used to post? Because it wouldn't exist if it weren't for NASA. There would probably be PCs, but they'd likely be way behind our current tech and probably too expensive for the average consumer. Same goes for many other technologies that have benefited from advances we've achieved from the space program. And what about the advances we're not gaining by limiting ourselves to only going to LEO, rather than going out and testing technologies and methods that might create new medicines, technologies or even provide an alternative energy source?
    
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I'd rather see the money being spent on exploration and science than in vote biuying projects like Government Motors, not to mention the abyss of the pork barrel and proflagrate military spending.

Too bad they didn't come up with a successor to the Shuttle. In the past, when other civilizations gave up on innovation and exploration - it was only a short time until they collapsed into the abyss of the dark ages.
Nowhere did I say there shouldn't be money spent on the space program. Just laughing at his logic.
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NASA' budget is roughly $20B. The 2011 budget calls for $3.8T in total spending. So cutting into what is < 1% of the budget will really help lower our $14T debt.
    
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I can't imagine how it must feel to be in the seats of that shuttle when it takes off. God, the amount of force exerted on your body, the sound, the visual of seeing atmosphere turn into nothing. Pretty awesome.

Glad they made it out. Let's hope for a safe journey.
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I can't imagine how it must feel to be in the seats of that shuttle when it takes off. God, the amount of force exerted on your body, the sound, the visual of seeing atmosphere turn into nothing. Pretty awesome.

Glad they made it out. Let's hope for a safe journey.
     
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wow. this has turned into a political debate.
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And how are we supposed to develop these new methods when our only intention for the immediate and foreseeable future are mere hops to the ISS on other countries' rockets?
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In the meantime, with the shuttle's retirement looming after a final three missions, NASA will continue to rely on Russia to provide transportation to and from the space station aboard Soyuz spacecraft at about $55 million a seat.

Closer to home, NASA managers hope the private sector can design, build, and test commercial manned spacecraft for initial flights somewhere between 2014 and 2016 to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The 2012 budget includes $850 million to kick-start development.

Nearly 3 years to go, and thats a guess.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-19514_3-20031912-239.html?tag=mncol;posts
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