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Curiosity landed safely on Mars!!! USA does it again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    Why is this so great for America?

    All this talk about over spending being out of control and budget cuts yet spending on this stuff seems to be OK.

    These space programs are extremely expensive and what exactly do we get in return for our money spent???? Pictures?
    You can thank the space program for a lot of the technology that we take for granted today. Robotics (used to save lives in surgery), miniature electronics, stronger/lighter materials, GPS navigation, etc.

    Folks questioned the money spent launching the first weather satellite. When it sent images that warned of an approaching hurricane in time to evacuate folks and prepare...it more than paid for itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sig35seven View Post
    Why is this so great for America?

    All this talk about over spending being out of control and budget cuts yet spending on this stuff seems to be OK.

    These space programs are extremely expensive and what exactly do we get in return for our money spent???? Pictures?
    I agree it's a whole bag of money, but I see it as a good thing. We as a country need a sense of accomplishment. A sense of adventure that can spark some interest and pride. I would rather see us dump a suitcase of cash into this type of thing than spent another cent on food stamps for BMW driving drug dealers. We may only get pictures out of the deal, but it will possibly answer questions that have to be on billions of minds. Maybe. Maybe not. But thats part of the excitement
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    I definately agree that America needs something to be proud of... I am a huge fan of NASA AND our spaceflight missions. But I also believe that there is a time and place for things.
    I would also rather see that money go to this program than to people that abuse our system, but what about people like this:










    There are many, MANY other homeless and less fortunate people that really do need help with all aspects of life..... In my opinion, America needs to get its priorities straight right now. When we are able to stand on our own again and take care of our own again and build our own country again then we can explore other planets again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Anyone know the cost of this curiosity?
    2.5 Billion is the claimed cost. Add about 400 million in other indirect costs to the other NASA centers that developed hardward that did not make the final design.
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    At least he didnt call it a "czar" again. Getting sick of that word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    2.5 Billion is the claimed cost. Add about 400 million in other indirect costs to the other NASA centers that developed hardward that did not make the final design.
    Dont forget that it probably cost a few hundred million to pay the news team to show up and a few million that just disappeared just because.

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    Current administration is adding to the defict at the rate of $5 billion per day and the homeless and people on welfare are only increasing. This program cost $2.5 billion spent over the period of several years and pushed the envelope of human knowledge. I can make a plausible case for being one of the most fiscally conservative people you will ever meet but I'm ok with these expenditures. Others aren't. If you are one of them lobby your elected officials and shut down the rest of America's space program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caertaker View Post
    Current administration is adding to the defict at the rate of $5 billion per day and the homeless and people on welfare are only increasing. This program cost $2.5 billion spent over the period of several years and pushed the envelope of human knowledge. I can make a plausible case for being one of the most fiscally conservative people you will ever meet but I'm ok with these expenditures. Others aren't. If you are one of them lobby your elected officials and shut down the rest of America's space program.
    Why does it always have to be an extreme. Just because I don't agree with a certain mission, doesn't mean that I disagree with the whole program.

    I believe that, at this time, rather than spend $2.5 billion on searching for Martians, that money could have been better spent enriching the lives of Earthlings. Especially Americans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tricolordad View Post
    Dont forget that it probably cost a few hundred million to pay the news team to show up and a few million that just disappeared just because.
    what? since when do you have to pay news teams to cover the news? especially something like this?
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    Its a nice "feather in the cap" but it is a distraction. People need to focus on whats going on here. We got problems that need fixed asap. The Moon land was also a distraction. They had this thing back then called "Vietnam".

    (My two uncle's moms side. Older worked for NASA and younger brother flew a Phantom over Vietnam. Just glad to have that in my gene pool.)

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    The space program has led to many advances here are a few that I can think of off the top of my head


    1 Tang (powder orange juice drink) Tang while not invented by NASA but was used by the early Astronauts and I drank a lot of it as a kid

    2 CAT Scan

    3 Synthetic textiles

    4 Computer microchips

    5 Technology for cordless tools

    6 Ear thermometer

    7 Freeze-dried foods

    8 Reflective barrier insulation

    9 Transparent ceramics (used for teeth braces)

    10 Computer joystick

    11 Memory foam

    12 Satellite telecommunications including GPS

    13 Scratch resistant lenses

    14 Impact lessening ventilated shoe insoles

    15 Sensitivity adjustable smoke detector

    16 Polymers

    17 Accurate weather forecasting

    18 Drag reducing competitive swimsuits

    19 Bacteria killing water filter (plus antimicrobial fabrics)

    20 Velcro was another product not invented by NASA but its use was made famous by the space program.


    The research of the Space program is some of the best that we have, and personaly I would rather have fewer F-22's and a manned space flight program.
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    The scene from the control room reminded me of the Mercury and Gemini programs biggest difference though the techs are much younger, nobody was wearing ties and nobody was smoking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    The scene from the control room reminded me of the Mercury and Gemini programs biggest difference though the techs are much younger, nobody was wearing ties and nobody was smoking.
    People must have aged faster back then. My uncle was "young" when he worked on the Merc and Gemi programs and he did not smoke but wore the tie and white shirt. Glasses and crew cut

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    This talk about the costs and how it could be better spent reminds me of a discussion I had years ago with a Union Rep I was working with at the time. When he found out that we had a bomb factory in Oklahoma he went off on a tirade about how the money spent there would be better spent if it were shut down and the money given to people who did not have jobs. When I told him that it might be better if we gave those people in the area that are out of work jobs at the bomb factory he started screaming about how I wanted to starve those people and not help them. Seems some believe that a job is not help.

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    That's great NASA. It'll be interesting to see what we discover.


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