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Curiosity Humor

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#1 posted 703 days ago

That looks about right.

Lee

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#2 posted 703 days ago

Funny stuff Dan , Regarding the present landing on Mars I can’t help but think of all the wood 2 billion dollars would buy:) Or more realistically how many people could be fed or housed with that much money.

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#3 posted 703 days ago

Now, I know that this is a comic, and some of these responses may coincide with the light-heartedness of the post, but Jim, I cant help but disagree with that point of view.

The space program is what inspires people of all ages to dream of a better tomorrow. It inspires children to ask deep questions, to solve real problems, to long for a life of discovery and improvement. There are so many pieces of technology that we use on a daily basis that found their way into existence because of the space race in the 60’s and 70’s. The space program used to be one of the few things that the nation WAS’T divided over. Everyone loved it. Everyone cheered when we landed on the moon, held their breath when shuttles re-entered the atmosphere, and cried when the Challenger exploded in ‘86.

The current budget for NASA is one half of one percent of the total US budget. I say double it. I say give kids a reason to dream again, a reason to want to become an engineer or scientist, not just a lawyer or video game developer.

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#4 posted 703 days ago

I agree Kyle T. Also Look at all the jobs that have been created since we first went into space. Many people overlook the improvements in our lives that are directly related to the aerospace industry. One of the very limited government enterprises that we actually receive any benefit from.

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#5 posted 703 days ago


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#6 posted 703 days ago

heh – nice post.

to add to Kyle and RC – not to forget to mention all the improvements in machinery, alloys, adhesives, and other composites that directly contribute to woodworkers either by providing new materials and tools to work with and also in reduction of prices of machinery and tools in general bringing the possibility of a ‘home shop’ with actual machinery to the average Joe.

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#7 posted 703 days ago

Thank you Kyle… Couldn’t have said it better.

Yeah as a scientist I am biased in favor of this, but as a gradeschooler watching the apollo landings is part of why I enjoyed and pursued science as a career.

This program specifically was 2 Billion out of a nearly 4 trillion annual spend. so only 0.05% of the federal spend for 2011 launching this

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#8 posted 703 days ago

Hey Dan sorry to change focus on your post.

I see I’m in a minority here, I know the space program has brought us many positive innovations and inventions but I’m afraid I’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. I feel if you are homeless or hungry all the great inspiration and innovation is kind of lost on you as you watch you child go to bed hungry or in some case starve to death because they didn’t get a lousy hand full of rice. nether does someone who is in that situation think about what percentage of the national expenditure they need. I respect all of your opinions but as for me I feel when we spend our tax dollars we need to spend it on people first ,I know it’s very debatable as to what’ programs include spending on people first. I won’t comment any more on this I know I’ve already hi jacked Dan’s fun post.

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#9 posted 703 days ago

Hey Jim, perhaps, if we close down NASA altogether the starving homeless guy will be the aerospace engineer with his worthless Phd.

The reality is, homelessness and hunger are, in fact, vastly reduced due to technological improvements innovated by the space program and science. Advanced farming techniques, advanced equipment, not to mention genetically optimized food crops have tripled our productivity in food production.

The hunger problem is not for the lack of having food, or a means to distribute it. (Our government subsidizes food crops and gives a large portion of it away to foreign countries and even dumps a huge surplus into the ocean each year.) The problem is a lack of politcal organization, will and motivation to do something better with our resources.

If we stop developing technology, though, we will devolve into a third world country. (Maybe then, it will be the Etheopians coming to OUR aid as they launch thier space program.)

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#10 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#11 posted 703 days ago

Food preservation, freeze dried foods, packaging materials like mylar, (granola bar wrappers), polyethylene bottles (think zip-lock bags, water bottles and 2L soda) and others that allow better packaging and preservation of food are all in large part due to our investment into space technology.

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#12 posted 703 days ago

woot!

I agree with in technology advancements are fabulous, but I also very much agree with a1Jim.

We as a nation need to take care of all of our people.

No one should go to sleep hungry or die for lack of health care.

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#13 posted 703 days ago

NASA provided my sister with a job for 25 years. She worked in the department that scheduled payloads. Not any more. With the fear of layoffs, she finally found another job.

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#14 posted 703 days ago

Dan-o, I also agree that we should be taking care of all our people.

I disagree with the oft implied assertion that spending money on NASA is why were aren’t taking care of them already.

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#15 posted 703 days ago

2.5 billion was spent on this project over the last 8 years.
We should probably be able to figure out how to feed and house people with the other 4,000 billion we spent last year.

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#16 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#17 posted 703 days ago

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#18 posted 703 days ago

I like the cartoons, and would like to offer the following to the discussion of monetary priorities. Feeding those who can not provide for themselves and space exploration are not mutually exclusive. To put a perspective on our priorities we argue over the merits of this project, 2.5 billion on the mars mission over eight years, and speak little of 2 billion every week in Afghanistan and Iraq while wasting the lives of our young. “lack of enough is an illusion”.

-- Mel,

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#19 posted 703 days ago

We’ve tracked the global food harvest via satellite with amazing precision since the mid 1970’s using TIROS-class weather satellites built and launched by NASA. Food crops are planned and coordinated from this information. This feat alone ensures that food production is globally coordinated so there is enough of each needed crop to feed all of our populations.

These platforms are largely unchanged still today.

The problem is politcal, not technological and not financial.

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#20 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#21 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#22 posted 703 days ago

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#23 posted 703 days ago

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#24 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#25 posted 703 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#26 posted 703 days ago

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#27 posted 703 days ago

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#28 posted 703 days ago

Thanks for all the great cartoons. Threads like this are the reason that I don’t hide the off-topic titles.

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#29 posted 702 days ago

NASA’s budget is near .5% of the federal budget and that would not nearly be enough to help with some of the down to earth problems.

It comes down to a cost/benefit exercise … will the benefit outweigh the cost … and that IMO cannot be answered at this early stage in this mission.

I am holding back judgement! No one thought that the space program would have provided the benefits it has to date …. are these worth it?

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#30 posted 702 days ago

And with all this new technology, don’t forget what we learned from the space ship that landed near Rozwell, NM in the desert in 1947. Companies have reverse engineered many products from what was found there- PN junctions ( transistors), teflon, etc. Remember transistors come out in 1955 -8 yrs later!!

I think it is better if we have space technology in private hands instead of paying 10 times for the same things through the government. Those folks are so far removed from the costs of things that they pay the high costs with our tax money- and then they say that Social Security is broke. Yea, they spent it on everything else.

Neat cartoon!!, I’ll bet the space invaders went back to their planet saying there was no intelligent life down here, too- after watching Congress!!

Tee Hee…..

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#31 posted 702 days ago

The transistor concept was first posited in the late 1780’s if I remember history correctly.
They were first made from vacuum tubes in 1907 and then in solid state semi-conductors in 1949.

But keep pushing the conspiracy theories. They’re fun!

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#32 posted 702 days ago

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#33 posted 702 days ago

I’ve never understood the thinking that says “Just think of all of all the (insert cause of your choice) we could help iwith that money.”

Why does anyone think that the money spent would have necessarily gone to (insert cause of your choice) at all? Dan-o says to “take care of all of our people”. What does “take care of” mean? Do we spend whatever it takes to put everyone in the 50th percentile? What would that do to the people in the top 50%?

Every society that has ever existed has had it’s poor and downtrodden. I wonder how many of those societies even came close to helping theirs as much as we do ours.

Give me a society that is willing to reach for the stars any day.

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#34 posted 702 days ago

I would think that most of the money the US spends on the space program stays in the US anyway. I admit, I don’t have the facts, and if anyone does, I’d be glad to learn them.

I do know that I’d like to see more of my taxes go to space exploration and less go to a bunch of other things.

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#35 posted 702 days ago

A law was passed in the mid nineties that allow a certain percentage of product to be made overseas. Back-in-the-day I worked for a company that made 90 or so systems for the space shuttle and other rockets etc.

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#36 posted 702 days ago

This just in:
http://www.theonion.com/articles/nasa-calls-it-a-mission-as-curiosity-rover-fills-u,29115/

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#37 posted 702 days ago

saved some up from yesterday … >grinz< just keeping myself entertained.

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#38 posted 702 days ago

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#39 posted 701 days ago

I’m all for it. Dreaming and pushing limits keeps hope alive. Plus, the trickle down effect. I still carry a Fisher NASA Space pen.

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#40 posted 700 days ago

MARS

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#41 posted 700 days ago

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#42 posted 700 days ago

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#48 posted 696 days ago

Good thing that SarcasticRover – didn’t say “My god! it’s full of stars!”

Got to remember sawkerf – no matter how much money is ever spent on taking care of people 50% of the people will be below average (except at Garrison Keilors Lake Woebegon) “where all the children are above average”

Cheers!

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#49 posted 696 days ago

Great cartoons.

I’d be more in favor of buying fewer B-2 bombers at $2.2billion a pop than cutting NASA.

-- John

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#50 posted 696 days ago

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