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(Reuters)   NASA considers scrapping all its science programs aboard the ISS to save money. Like they do any real science there, whatever   ( divider line
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2006-07-28 01:55:27 PM  
So the ISS is now just a big hole in space?
2006-07-28 02:45:57 PM  
Wow awesome.

/Im never sarcastic
2006-07-28 02:59:40 PM  
Wow, this is ridiculous.

Simply having the ISS exist is a huge moneyhole, but while they're at it, they might as well do something on it. Once you have the ISS up there and running and being maintained, the science is pennies by comparison.

If they don't have enough money, shut the damn thing down and do something useful with the cash.

Its unbelievable how if you add the the costs of the 20 or so most scientifically useful space instruments NASA has launched that the ISS still costs more and has "discovered" thousands of times less than any of them.

Voyager 1 and 2, Pathfinder, Cassini, Hubble, COBE, WMAP... the list goes on.

For the price of the ISS we could have ourselves a space elevator, a probe to pluto, a working large-scale ion drive, and money to spare.
2006-07-28 03:17:18 PM  
Rent it out for wedding parties. Always a good way to make extra money with a public space. Think of the possabilites. That N'sync guy could get married to whoever he wants up there. And he always did want to go up.
2006-07-28 03:19:11 PM  

/what a shame.
2006-07-28 03:29:51 PM  
The truth is that there is very little science left to do with the ISS. In order to win grants and recognition scientist have been trying to come up with experiments to justify the existence of the ISS and manned space flight in general for years. There is not much left to do that hsn't already been tried. So far we have found no fantstic materials that can be made in the microgravity of the space station. Animals and plants grow in sometimes funny ways without Earth's normal gravity, but no astonishing insights were won from that. They are experimenting on how humans deal with living in space so that they can later send more humans into space to be even more useless.

When the Columbia exploded it had experiments on board that ranged from trying to find out if roses smelled differntly when blooming in space to what type of webs spider would build when exposed to microgravity. There also was stuff about growing proteins. They had tested the protein growing idea before found that it didn't make a difference but wanted to try again anyway.

The Shuttle's best justification is the ISS and the ISS best justification is the Shuttle and future manned missions to Moon, Mars and other places that we won't actually send people to anytime soon.

While manned mission don't produce anything beyond PR and photoops unmanned science mission such as Hubbel that have actually a chance to expand our knowledge of how the world really works get defunded. Just compare the data the Mars rovers and other unmanned mission have gathered with what the latest shuttle flight has brought us. Then compare the costs.

I want to have cities on moon and mars too and believe that our destiny is out there, but barely circeling above the atmosphere in a tiny tin-can doinf make work and maintanance is not very sci-fi. Let's stop sending people up because we can until we find something that will actually need a human on hand.
2006-07-28 04:12:34 PM  
ISS Science List

There's a lot of human biology in there, which is great. I also believe the science they send up there is valid. It's not cheap to get something done up there, so they pick what they can do with care.

However, the shuttle needs to go. NASA should aggressively pursue something better (minus a layer of entrenched middle management) while helping fund Russian Soyuz trips to keep the station going.

All in all, flying around the Earth in a pressurised tin can is a baby step to further things, and the Government needs to increase funding to go further instead of cutting it back.
2006-07-28 04:34:00 PM  
You need people to run scientific experiments. Since there is no feasible means to fetch a number of scientists back and forth (other than a shuttle) the ISS, this conclusion is an obvious one.
2006-07-28 06:29:02 PM  
Tell my wife I love her very much.
2006-07-28 08:06:28 PM  
She knows.
2006-07-28 09:41:44 PM  
Any Pie Left - Tell my wide I love her very much (She knows)

Funniest episode of the lot. G-g-g-ghost pirates!
2006-07-29 11:46:57 AM  
I thought they were pirate ghosts?
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