New budget apparently eliminates direct US govt. involvement in human spaceflight

Discussion in 'Politics' started by TomCat84, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. TomCat84

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,497
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    This really bums me out. Thoughts?
     
  2. midlifebear

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    5,908
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Nevada, Buenos Aires, and Barçelona
    "I'm just an old country doctor. I'm not a miracle worker, Jim!"
     
  3. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,372
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVhcB9ucmdg

    The NYTimes article says:

    If implemented, the NASA a few years from now would be fundamentally different from NASA today. The space agency would no longer operate its own spacecraft, but essentially buy tickets for its astronauts.

    Obama Calls for End to NASA’s Moon Program - NYTimes.com
     
    #3 sargon20, Feb 1, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
  4. Zeuhl34

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2008
    Messages:
    2,104
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    40
    Gender:
    Male
    Really? Really? Goddamnit. NASA is ~0.5% of the national budget, and they're cutting it?
     
  5. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,372
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis
    No........

    Under the proposal, NASA’s budget would rise to $19 billion in the 2011 fiscal year from $18.7 billion. It would also get additional increases in subsequent years, reaching $21 billion in 2015. In total, NASA would receive $100 billion over the next five years
     
  6. midlifebear

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    5,908
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Nevada, Buenos Aires, and Barçelona
    I apologize, Sargon. It's this old age thing, damn it! Thanks for the correct correction. :rolleyes::redface::smile::biggrin1:

    Gotta get back to finishing my process for creating invisible, super-stregth aluminum. Bye bye now.
     
    #6 midlifebear, Feb 1, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2010
  7. tripod

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2006
    Messages:
    5,249
    Albums:
    3
    Likes Received:
    460
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Statesville N.C.
    Good, human space flight is a complete waste of time and money.
     
  8. TomCat84

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,497
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    Damnit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a politician!
     
  9. TomCat84

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    Messages:
    3,497
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    32
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    No it's not. The space program has resulted in numerable advances in science and technology that directly benefit us Earthlings.
     
  10. B_VinylBoy

    B_VinylBoy New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    Messages:
    10,516
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Boston, MA / New York, NY
    You can continue to do space exploration with the use of robots and technology. In fact, most of the latest discoveries in our solar system were done without launching a single living thing in a rocket.

    You don't need humans in space to continue the research. Hence the current cuts. Makes sense to me.
     
  11. Charles Finn

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    2,538
    Albums:
    3
    Likes Received:
    29
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Toledo Ohio
    Nasa= need another space agency
     
  12. midlifebear

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    5,908
    Likes Received:
    11
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Nevada, Buenos Aires, and Barçelona
    I agree. A good example is Tang. :smile:
     
  13. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,372
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis
    Oh I'm sure Bones said it at some point. He was the comic foil for the entire life of Star Trek.
     
  14. dreamer20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4,492
    Likes Received:
    4
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    N.Providence
    I believe this is the "old country doctor" clip that you wanted midlifebear::smile:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Vs3lwwDPY
     
  15. Qua

    Qua
    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    1,507
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    153
    Gender:
    Male
  16. sargon20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Messages:
    11,372
    Likes Received:
    2,102
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Atlantis
  17. dreamer20

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4,492
    Likes Received:
    4
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    N.Providence
    #17 dreamer20, Feb 2, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2010
  18. FuzzyKen

    FuzzyKen New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Messages:
    2,116
    Likes Received:
    6
    Gender:
    Male
    Manned space flight is anything but dead. If you are in doubt read about "Spaceport America" currently under construction in New Mexico.

    What is happening is this. A man by the name of Bert Ruttan (hope that is spelled correctly) built a craft and has successfully flown that craft many times that is every bit as capable as the Space Shuttle. What he also proved was that he could do it for far less money than what has been done so far. He brought in investors with the capitol to really push this forward on a private level.

    What in essence is happening is that the space program is being privatized. In all honesty it has been noticed that the Cape in Florida is also a security risk and it will over time be obsoleted and shut down.

    In time space travel will become a necessity rather than a luxury and it is also a necessary part of the education of mankind.

    NASA and other space organizations will still be involved and there are new facilites under construction in New Mexico with an idea of integrating into the private programs.

    How successful this will be in the long term is unknown, but, based on who is behind it and the quantity of money being poured in by private industry and investors, it has a good chance of success.
     
  19. D_Gunther Snotpole

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,610
    Likes Received:
    5
    Burt Rutan, Ken.
    But a good approximation.
    I correct you only so peeps can have a better shot at googling him.
     
  20. Skull Mason

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Messages:
    3,101
    Albums:
    1
    Likes Received:
    23
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Dirty Jersey
    Ironically, Mankind will pay for this some time in the future.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted