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#1 posted 754 days ago

That looks about right.

Lee

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#2 posted 754 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 754 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 754 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 754 days ago


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#6 posted 754 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 754 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

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#8 posted 754 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 754 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 754 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 754 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.

-- "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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#12 posted 754 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 754 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 754 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.

-- "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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#15 posted 754 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.

-- "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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