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(Yahoo)   One of these days, America... BAM, ZOOM, straight to the moon. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser. POW right in the kisser   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 97
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2011-04-25 01:51:13 AM
Not what I expected from the headline.

Considering the sponsors, I'm guessing they want to pay for a sustained presense on the moon with tax cuts.
 
2011-04-25 09:31:21 AM
i236.photobucket.com
 
2011-04-25 09:33:38 AM
Did they introduce this bill with all the spending and tax cuts to pay for it?

That WAS their rule, wasn't it?
 
2011-04-25 10:16:43 AM
unlikely:

Did they introduce this bill with all the spending and tax cuts to pay for it?

THIS.
 
2011-04-25 10:27:41 AM
The Shuttle was on deck for another disaster and the Ares I launch vehicle was showing serious problems including the rocket's solid fuel motor making it jump sideways on the launch pad, which might cause it to crash into the launch tower. I haven't seen any evidence that NASA can handle any sort of manned space flight within budget and with an acceptable level of safety. The shuttle program was supposed to be fifteen times cheaper than the Saturn rockets it replaced and it ended up being three times as expensive. The average cost was $760 million/flight. This of course in addition to the fact that the program killed 14 astronauts.
 
2011-04-25 12:28:30 PM
Family Guy is not funny, subby, and you should be beaten for using such.
 
2011-04-25 12:32:14 PM
We just need a portal gun.
 
2011-04-25 12:33:49 PM
ahhh, back when domestic violence was fodder for prime-time comedy. Those were the days.
 
2011-04-25 12:34:55 PM
Rep. Bill Posey [R-FL] Introduces 'Back To the Moon' Bill

That should go a long way toward balancing the budget.
 
2011-04-25 12:37:45 PM
Of all the stuff my taxes pay for, I'd much rather spend it on pointless manned spaceflight than pointless wars.

Regardless of what anyone tells you, the Earth is a finite resource, the solar system is a finite resource, and the Sun is a finite resource. If we really want to survive for the looong run then we'll have to tackle these problems sometime.
 
2011-04-25 12:38:25 PM

Fubini: Of all the stuff my taxes pay for, I'd much rather spend it on pointless manned spaceflight than pointless wars.


Fubini: Of all the stuff my taxes pay for, I'd much rather spend it on pointless manned spaceflight than pointless wars.

 
2011-04-25 12:42:27 PM

ArtosRC: Family Guy is not funny, subby, and you should be beaten for using such.

 
2011-04-25 12:47:21 PM

MadCat221: We just need a portal gun.


As long as said portal gun isn't relying on the PSN network, that is.
 
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2011-04-25 12:47:54 PM

Fubini: Of all the stuff my taxes pay for, I'd much rather spend it on pointless manned spaceflight than pointless wars.


And I'd rather spend it on all the real science that will have to be cut to make way for this new program (unless they're proposing tax increases)

Govt. sponsored manned space flight is a great way to shovel money into big private contractors and take it away from actual science and scientists.
 
2011-04-25 12:48:24 PM

Fubini: Of all the stuff my taxes pay for, I'd much rather spend it on pointless manned spaceflight than pointless wars.

Regardless of what anyone tells you, the Earth is a finite resource, the solar system is a finite resource, and the Sun is a finite resource. If we really want to survive for the looong run then we'll have to tackle these problems sometime.


Yes, but eventually the universe will experience heat death, so we shouldn't even bother trying to get permanant off planet colonies.

Imagine being witness to that event(beyond Douglas Adams portrayal of the end of the universe). I find it fascinating. Would it be true nothingness? I digress.

On a human timescale, the resources available in the solar system are enough to last us quite a while longer than one planet can provide, assuming we don't reach 500 billion humans spread across the solar system anytime soon (number pulled from the ether).
 
2011-04-25 12:52:00 PM

meat0918: Imagine being witness to that event(beyond Douglas Adams portrayal of the end of the universe). I find it fascinating. Would it be true nothingness?


cdn.pastemagazine.com
 
2011-04-25 12:52:24 PM

RoxtarRyan: meat0918: Imagine being witness to that event(beyond Douglas Adams portrayal of the end of the universe). I find it fascinating. Would it be true nothingness?


Haven't seen that episode.
 
2011-04-25 12:52:36 PM
Best episode so far in the new season, may I add.
 
2011-04-25 12:54:06 PM

meat0918: RoxtarRyan: meat0918: Imagine being witness to that event(beyond Douglas Adams portrayal of the end of the universe). I find it fascinating. Would it be true nothingness?

Haven't seen that episode.


The Late Phillip J Fry. If you have Netflix, I suggest you watch it! The most quotable episode, full of scifi references, and still plays on the Fry/Leela relationship.

Hands down one of my favorite episodes in the series, not just the new season.
 
2011-04-25 12:54:29 PM

unlikely: Did they introduce this bill with all the spending and tax cuts to pay for it?

That WAS their rule, wasn't it?


Well yeah. They are going to use Medicaid funds for it.
 
2011-04-25 12:56:45 PM
I've been fan of astronomy and space-exploration (to a certain degree) for decades. But please, let's not waste resources on this Easter egg hunt. Put this money in to natural gas exploration and renewabl energy in N.America...please!!?
 
2011-04-25 12:58:54 PM
From the bill:

"(10) Space is the world's ultimate high ground, returning to the Moon and reinvigorating our human space flight program is a matter of national security."

So, we're also defenders of the moon now? Is al-qaida setting up a base up there?
 
2011-04-25 01:02:06 PM

Funzo: From the bill:

"(10) Space is the world's ultimate high ground, returning to the Moon and reinvigorating our human space flight program is a matter of national security."

So, we're also defenders of the moon now? Is al-qaida setting up a base up there?


Our nominated and elected officials also believe that children, the mentally ill and the elderly are also threats to our national security and lock them up at Gitmo. Who knew that they could just as easily lock the doors at any Walmart at any given time and make it just as easy to capture all three groups? Sure would be cheaper, I imagine.
 
2011-04-25 01:03:10 PM
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2011-04-25 01:04:51 PM
Republicans trying to bring back a Bush program that Obama cancelled?

Shocker!

This has nothing to do with the moon and everything to do with childish politics.
 
2011-04-25 01:05:21 PM

Funzo: defenders of the moon


♫ Defenders on the moon, they carry a harpoon. ♫
 
2011-04-25 01:05:41 PM

EdNortonsTwin: I've been fan of astronomy and space-exploration (to a certain degree) for decades. But please, let's not waste resources on this Easter egg hunt. Put this money in to natural gas exploration and renewabl energy in N.America...please!!?


Any off planet location needs renewable energy, unless there is oil on the moon :).

We should have some good and cheap working tech here first though.
 
2011-04-25 01:07:32 PM
I'm really the first?

www.cristanwilliams.com

/well of course it's hot
 
2011-04-25 01:07:51 PM
i52.tinypic.com
He was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.
 
2011-04-25 01:10:33 PM

Funzo: From the bill:

"(10) Space is the world's ultimate high ground, returning to the Moon and reinvigorating our human space flight program is a matter of national security."

So, we're also defenders of the moon now? Is al-qaida setting up a base up there?


No China. Remember them? Those funny slant eyed guys who only come up to your knees but like to do extremely long term planning. Of course that is if their whole farking country does not erupt into a revolution with death on a scale that makes WWII look like a piker and drags the world into a depression.
 
2011-04-25 01:12:27 PM
I'm sure the sponsor of this bill is thinking of the best interests of the country, science and humanity and not the just trying to get money for his state.
 
2011-04-25 01:27:54 PM

CaptainWes: Funzo: defenders of the moon

♫ Defenders on the moon, they carry a harpoon. ♫


♫ But there is no threat, so they rack up debt and sing defender tunes.♫
 
2011-04-25 01:32:00 PM

maxximillian: I'm sure the sponsor of this bill is thinking of the best interests of the country, science and humanity and not the just trying to get money for his state.


Obviously. But unlike highway funds and the usual pork projects they use to subvert money, the Space program has a habit of paying us back in not just prestige but also boosts to our science and engineering capabilities.

We can have fun doing science and it is a benefit to everyone.
Maybe its not what the bills sponsor intends, but they don't have to know that.

/Its not like they were going to spend the money wisely anyway.
 
2011-04-25 01:32:03 PM

Funzo: CaptainWes: Funzo: defenders of the moon

♫ Defenders on the moon, they carry a harpoon. ♫

♫ But there is no threat, so they rack up debt and sing defender tunes.♫


Close the thread, we're done here.
 
2011-04-25 01:40:21 PM
Perhaps I've read too much sci-fi, but doesn't some sort of lunar installation make the most sense for intra/intersystem travel? Build the ships in low-g environ, save energy boosting stuff into orbit? Imho a lunar base makes more sense than a space station.
 
2011-04-25 01:40:24 PM
One of the cosponsors of this bill, Sheila Jackson-Lee, one time ask if the Mars Rover had taken any pictures of the flag left behind by the astronauts in the 1960's.
 
2011-04-25 01:41:12 PM

MostNutsEver: He was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.


thats_the_joke.jpg
 
2011-04-25 01:42:26 PM

grinding_journalist: Perhaps I've read too much sci-fi, but doesn't some sort of lunar installation make the most sense for intra/intersystem travel? Build the ships in low-g environ, save energy boosting stuff into orbit? Imho a lunar base makes more sense than a space station.


makes sense in the long term, but high initial investment.
 
2011-04-25 01:46:10 PM

minoridiot: One of the cosponsors of this bill, Sheila Jackson-Lee, one time ask if the Mars Rover had taken any pictures of the flag left behind by the astronauts in the 1960's.


Get the fark outta here. Seriously?
 
2011-04-25 01:47:01 PM
lajimi

Well done, sir.
 
2011-04-25 01:51:22 PM

micah1701: MostNutsEver: He was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.

thats_the_joke.jpg


doesnt_know_futurama_quotes.jpg
 
2011-04-25 01:52:24 PM

RoxtarRyan: MadCat221: We just need a portal gun.


SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

As long as said portal gun isn't relying on the PSN network, that is.

My PS3, and all my online games, are not getting a kick out of this.

/Cave Johnson. We're done here.
 
2011-04-25 01:53:02 PM

RoxtarRyan: micah1701: MostNutsEver: He was just using space travel as a metaphor for beating his wife.

thats_the_joke.jpg

doesnt_know_futurama_quotes.jpg


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2011-04-25 01:57:59 PM
SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!
 
2011-04-25 01:58:46 PM

BigBaum: My PS3, and all my online games, are not getting a kick out of this.

/Cave Johnson. We're done here.


Despite me not owning one, I can't really laugh at it. I'd be pissed if I dropped hundreds of dollars on a system, more money on games to play on the online community that was part of the package deal, only to find out that I couldn't, and the company won't give a solid answer for accountability or give an estimate on when it'll be running again.

From one gamer to another, hope it all works out soon for the PS3 owners. This whole things bites the big one.
 
2011-04-25 02:02:11 PM
Libertarian/Conservative here


This is not why I voted for you Republicans. As much as I think America should be leading the way, and as awesome as space travel is...we don't have the money for this. And the whole freaking reason we elected you is because we thought you understood that and planned to actually do something about it. Thanks for letting me down again.
 
2011-04-25 02:10:07 PM
Get the mining industry interested in those funny rocks floating about with lots and lots and LOTS of the sort of metals we don`t find so easy here on earth?

We bring you NASA subsidised by Rare Earth Metals Inc.

lets take the "space costs lots of money" idea and turn it on its head like "space is a really big profit opportunity"

It will write itself.
 
2011-04-25 02:11:59 PM
Cheapest way to live is just sit in a (gravity) well and survive on what the people who live outside throw down...
 
2011-04-25 02:14:47 PM
Once again we see the issue with NASA, a new 25 year unfunded mandate every 2 years.
 
2011-04-25 02:16:49 PM
The Moon really?
Why?
We already know there is nothing on the moon.
 
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