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2013-03-23 04:49:33 PM
Hell... I have a space agency.

img.photobucket.com

I probably have more success with it than NK
 
2013-03-23 05:36:51 PM
http://sparrso.gov.bd/

Bangladesh's page looks like it started out on Geocities.
 
2013-03-23 05:45:01 PM
Cool. We can call on the Brazilian Space Agency in close shaves.
 
2013-03-23 05:53:07 PM
Mongolia is the most independent country in the world
 
2013-03-23 06:07:57 PM

olddeegee: Cool. We can call on the Brazilian Space Agency in close shaves.


It's nice to see other countries stepping up human space exploration.  I'd be fine with paying a little more in taxes to double what NASA gets, but if that won't happen it's nice that other countries are getting involved as well as private businesses.

I just don't know why Canada being in space is news at all.  They were the third country to launch a satellite.
 
2013-03-23 06:17:43 PM

davidphogan: I just don't know why Canada being in space is news at all. They were the third country to launch a satellite.


Been pretty heavily involved in space technology since the beginning. In fact, the 'legs' of the lunar lander were made in Canada, so i like mentioning how the first human-made thing to touch the moon was Canadian made.

/if humans made the trip at all
 
2013-03-23 06:21:13 PM
If Canadians don't know Mongolia has a space agency, it is a sign of how economically shattered our nation is and how totally incapable of catching up with business and technology they are. The same goes for Americans.
 
2013-03-23 06:26:19 PM

J. Frank Parnell: davidphogan: I just don't know why Canada being in space is news at all. They were the third country to launch a satellite.

Been pretty heavily involved in space technology since the beginning. In fact, the 'legs' of the lunar lander were made in Canada, so i like mentioning how the first human-made thing to touch the moon was Canadian made.

/if humans made the trip at all


Is the motto of Canada "Just the tip"?
 
2013-03-23 06:28:38 PM
Mongolia's space agency consists of five guys that operate a trebuchet big enough to fling a yak several hundred yards.
 
2013-03-23 06:29:04 PM

J. Frank Parnell: davidphogan: I just don't know why Canada being in space is news at all. They were the third country to launch a satellite.

Been pretty heavily involved in space technology since the beginning. In fact, the 'legs' of the lunar lander were made in Canada, so i like mentioning how the first human-made thing to touch the moon was Canadian made.


By Canadian, I assume you mean Soviet, then?

Crashing doesn't count? Okay, how about soft landings?
 
2013-03-23 06:37:22 PM

ratman999: By Canadian, I assume you mean Soviet, then?

Crashing doesn't count? Okay, how about soft landings?


Yeah, i should have limited that to manned flight.
 
2013-03-23 06:38:06 PM
Oh, but surely the first human object on Mars came from North America? Right?

/We're number 2! We're number 2!
 
2013-03-23 06:41:47 PM

give me doughnuts: Mongolia's space agency consists of five guys that operate a trebuchet big enough to fling a yak several hundred yards.


We laugh now, but back in the day those farkers were da bomb.
 
2013-03-23 06:45:17 PM

J. Frank Parnell: so i like mentioning how the first human-made thing to touch the moon was Canadian made.


Um, what?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luna_2
 
2013-03-23 06:45:49 PM
List doesn't have my local space agency, so I'll just go sulk over there.

/amusing fact: They almost caused WWIII back in 1995.
 
2013-03-23 06:47:03 PM
List fails without the blackstronauts

www.fompy.net

hairybeast.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-23 06:48:51 PM

davidphogan: olddeegee: Cool. We can call on the Brazilian Space Agency in close shaves.

It's nice to see other countries stepping up human space exploration.  I'd be fine with paying a little more in taxes to double what NASA gets, but if that won't happen it's nice that other countries are getting involved as well as private businesses.

I just don't know why Canada being in space is news at all.  They were the third country to launch a satellite.


SPACE ARM
 
2013-03-23 06:53:29 PM
Elbonia.
 
2013-03-23 07:09:54 PM

Bennie Crabtree: If Canadians don't know Mongolia has a space agency, it is a sign of how economically shattered our nation is and how totally incapable of catching up with business and technology they are. The same goes for Americans.


I think that was actually the point of the article when you get down to it.. the number one on the list is North Korea, presumably to remind folks that North Korea is bat shiat crazy and trying to throw ICBM nukes at the US if we dont send them a giant shipment of cash and peasant kibble
 
2013-03-23 07:38:14 PM

Generation_D: SPACE ARM


I think you mean the Canadarm. Or 'robotic arm' as CNN and Fox call it.
 
2013-03-23 07:40:33 PM

Cerebral Knievel: Hell... I have a space agency.


Didn't some hobbyists launch a rocket that reached space, or very close to it?
 
2013-03-23 08:12:07 PM
The Mongolian space agency may not be much now, but its existence should fill the galaxy with terror for the time when the Great Khan decides to add the stars to his domain.
 
2013-03-23 08:14:35 PM

optional: The Mongolian space agency may not be much now, but its existence should fill the galaxy with terror for the time when the Great Khan decides to add the stars to his domain.


Hey, Genghis Khan, want a twinkie  some Tang?
 
2013-03-23 08:34:46 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Cerebral Knievel: Hell... I have a space agency.

Didn't some hobbyists launch a rocket that reached space, or very close to it?


yes, and it was a featurd video here on fark when it happened...

and very close to it... kinda like all those Weather balloons to space things folks are doing nowadays.. but, far more expensive, and far faster.

it was called the Qu8k

this should be the official full length video of the launch and recovery
 
2013-03-23 08:45:15 PM

ratman999: Crashing doesn't count? Okay, how about soft landings?


upload.wikimedia.org

Take me out to the black
Tell them I ain't comin' back
Burn the land and boil the sea
You can't take the sky from me
 
2013-03-23 08:45:53 PM

DrewCurtisJr: Cerebral Knievel: Hell... I have a space agency.

Didn't some hobbyists launch a rocket that reached space, or very close to it?


Elon Musk count? Seriously though, 20 bucks that the Dragon spacecraft will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS since shuttle. Does NASA have problems? Yes, yes, yes.


Recent Examples:

http://t.co/707iI6UhsP | RT @b0yle: Sequestration forces @NASA to suspend education/outreach, but "we're not canceling anything yet

http://t.co/n2ruRIpFcL | Under pressure from Congress, NASA takes Technical Reports Server offline, maybe forever. #facepalm t.co/n2ruRIpFcL (via @Slashdot)

That being said when other countries put their money where their mouth is I shall be concerned we are being surpassed. at the moment I am measly concerned about the future of NASA but considering we still out spend everyone else by a lot we are still the best shot humanity has until I see otherwise.
 
2013-03-23 08:58:15 PM

bbfreak: DrewCurtisJr: Cerebral Knievel: Hell... I have a space agency.

Didn't some hobbyists launch a rocket that reached space, or very close to it?

Elon Musk count? Seriously though, 20 bucks that the Dragon spacecraft will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS since shuttle. Does NASA have problems? Yes, yes, yes.


Recent Examples:

http://t.co/707iI6UhsP | RT @b0yle: Sequestration forces @NASA to suspend education/outreach, but "we're not canceling anything yet

http://t.co/n2ruRIpFcL | Under pressure from Congress, NASA takes Technical Reports Server offline, maybe forever. #facepalm t.co/n2ruRIpFcL (via @Slashdot)

That being said when other countries put their money where their mouth is I shall be concerned we are being surpassed. at the moment I am measly concerned about the future of NASA but considering we still out spend everyone else by a lot we are still the best shot humanity has until I see otherwise.


Dragon has already reached the ISS and completed its stated mission so far and will be handling the ISS UPS shipments here, they will soon be delivering human cargo to the ISS as well. .

NASA's mission is to further develop deep space exploration and heavy lift vehicles, along with all the other stuff they do as it is concerned with the atmosphere in general. LEO stuff is being transitioned to private enterprise. the gub'mnt is to be looking towards researching and deploying the stuff that goes out further than the magnetosphere.

please try to keep up with this stuff.
 
2013-03-23 09:10:28 PM

Cerebral Knievel: bbfreak: DrewCurtisJr: Cerebral Knievel: Hell... I have a space agency.

Didn't some hobbyists launch a rocket that reached space, or very close to it?

Elon Musk count? Seriously though, 20 bucks that the Dragon spacecraft will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS since shuttle. Does NASA have problems? Yes, yes, yes.


Recent Examples:

http://t.co/707iI6UhsP | RT @b0yle: Sequestration forces @NASA to suspend education/outreach, but "we're not canceling anything yet

http://t.co/n2ruRIpFcL | Under pressure from Congress, NASA takes Technical Reports Server offline, maybe forever. #facepalm t.co/n2ruRIpFcL (via @Slashdot)

That being said when other countries put their money where their mouth is I shall be concerned we are being surpassed. at the moment I am measly concerned about the future of NASA but considering we still out spend everyone else by a lot we are still the best shot humanity has until I see otherwise.

Dragon has already reached the ISS and completed its stated mission so far and will be handling the ISS UPS shipments here, they will soon be delivering human cargo to the ISS as well. .

NASA's mission is to further develop deep space exploration and heavy lift vehicles, along with all the other stuff they do as it is concerned with the atmosphere in general. LEO stuff is being transitioned to private enterprise. the gub'mnt is to be looking towards researching and deploying the stuff that goes out further than the magnetosphere.

please try to keep up with this stuff.


Sorry, yes I am well aware of Dragon's accomplishments. I should of been more specific. I meant that I believe it will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS with humans since Shuttle.
 
2013-03-23 09:29:19 PM
bbfreak:

Sorry, yes I am well aware of Dragon's accomplishments. I should of been more specific. I meant that I believe it will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS with humans since Shuttle.

gotcha :) and no foul.. just had to make sure it was addressed less the internet unleashed its nerd rage on such a comment.

and it will be,  and I don't see a problem with that what so ever.

NASA does a lot with what they are alloted, and it aint much. and when ever a big project comes along, it's always political in nature, from the guy proposing the grand plan to the contracters catching the deal.

then the new guy who didn't hatch the plan kills the plan because it was the other guys plan, and the contractors looking to make the most money off the deal are seen as part of that legacy...

thing is.. I don't see any president taking any credit for any particular initiative.. sure there was the moon landings, fulfilling Kennedy's proclamation before he was gunned down..

wouldn't the shuttle program in general, been a Nixon or Ford Proclamation? seems everyone else stood out of the way and then took credit for it...hell... I don't think I even remember the Reagen administration even taking credit for that slice of national pride.

eh.. business as usual I guess..
 
2013-03-23 09:34:24 PM

Uncle Tractor: List doesn't have my local space agency, so I'll just go sulk over there.

/amusing fact: They almost caused WWIII back in 1995.


Dude.. the Norwegian space agency is infamous in its contributions to mankind and world knowledge of the Cosmos..

it wasn't put on the list because its contributions are so well known!

why do have such a low opinion of your own nationals contributions?
 
2013-03-23 09:36:57 PM

Cerebral Knievel: it was called the Qu8k


Thanks, that was impressive for a number of reasons.
 
2013-03-23 09:56:06 PM
Clicked for JAXA.  Leaving satisfied.

/I'm looking at you, Robotics;Notes and Space Brothers!
 
2013-03-23 11:02:41 PM
I've heard the Ukrainian Space Agency is pretty weak.
 
2013-03-23 11:19:28 PM

Cerebral Knievel: bbfreak:

Sorry, yes I am well aware of Dragon's accomplishments. I should of been more specific. I meant that I believe it will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS with humans since Shuttle.

gotcha :) and no foul.. just had to make sure it was addressed less the internet unleashed its nerd rage on such a comment.

and it will be,  and I don't see a problem with that what so ever.

NASA does a lot with what they are alloted, and it aint much. and when ever a big project comes along, it's always political in nature, from the guy proposing the grand plan to the contracters catching the deal.

then the new guy who didn't hatch the plan kills the plan because it was the other guys plan, and the contractors looking to make the most money off the deal are seen as part of that legacy...

thing is.. I don't see any president taking any credit for any particular initiative.. sure there was the moon landings, fulfilling Kennedy's proclamation before he was gunned down..

wouldn't the shuttle program in general, been a Nixon or Ford Proclamation? seems everyone else stood out of the way and then took credit for it...hell... I don't think I even remember the Reagen administration even taking credit for that slice of national pride.

eh.. business as usual I guess..


The cancellation of Apollo/Shuttle was all Nixon. The stupidity of it is that the last three Apollo missions were already more or less paid for. So instead of Apollo 18,19 and 20 we got Skylab and the Apollo-Souyz Test project. Lame.
 
2013-03-23 11:23:34 PM

SpiritualRemains: Clicked for JAXA.  Leaving satisfied.

/I'm looking at you, Robotics;Notes and Space Brothers!


Space Brothers is awesome. Not quite as good as PlanetES but it's airing new episodes and PlanetES is not. Wish there was more realistic watchable content to consume.
 
2013-03-23 11:40:19 PM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-23 11:52:06 PM
Canada - launching cute French-Canadian girls into space since 1999...others since 1984.

www.asc-csa.gc.ca
 
2013-03-24 12:42:05 AM

bbfreak: I should of been more specific.


Do you of any idea that of doesn't mean have?
 
2013-03-24 02:57:16 AM
Mongolia has a nice launching/landing terrain.
 
2013-03-24 03:55:06 AM

bbfreak: Cerebral Knievel: bbfreak:

Sorry, yes I am well aware of Dragon's accomplishments. I should of been more specific. I meant that I believe it will be the first United States spacecraft to reach ISS with humans since Shuttle.

gotcha :) and no foul.. just had to make sure it was addressed less the internet unleashed its nerd rage on such a comment.

and it will be,  and I don't see a problem with that what so ever.

NASA does a lot with what they are alloted, and it aint much. and when ever a big project comes along, it's always political in nature, from the guy proposing the grand plan to the contracters catching the deal.

then the new guy who didn't hatch the plan kills the plan because it was the other guys plan, and the contractors looking to make the most money off the deal are seen as part of that legacy...

thing is.. I don't see any president taking any credit for any particular initiative.. sure there was the moon landings, fulfilling Kennedy's proclamation before he was gunned down..

wouldn't the shuttle program in general, been a Nixon or Ford Proclamation? seems everyone else stood out of the way and then took credit for it...hell... I don't think I even remember the Reagen administration even taking credit for that slice of national pride.

eh.. business as usual I guess..

The cancellation of Apollo/Shuttle was all Nixon. The stupidity of it is that the last three Apollo missions were already more or less paid for. So instead of Apollo 18,19 and 20 we got Skylab and the Apollo-Souyz Test project. Lame.


I dunno, I found Skylab way cooler than yet another trip to the Moon, and the APAS docking adapter created for Apollo/Soyuz formed the basis for the system used for the Shuttle/Mir missions and the ISS. I don't know what we really would have gotten out of three more trips to the Moon.

I do wish they had kept cranking out Apollo hardware and updating it as tech improved instead of developing the Shuttle. The ISS would have been way cheaper and faster to build if we could have launched Skylab sized modules, and we would have the capability to have launched some huge space telescopes and unmanned probes, not to mention having a heavy lifter like the Saturn would make assembling a manned Mars craft in orbit much easier. Not to mention neither of the Shuttle accidents would have happened with a Saturn style booster. I feel like we wasted a good 35 years on a technological dead end, and the Shuttle was basically an albatross for NASA that only complicated things and destroyed public opinion when it started killing astronauts.
 
2013-03-24 05:06:48 AM
I'm surprised nobody has bothered to mention these guys from Mexico
 
2013-03-24 05:08:34 AM
Darnit my hotlinked image got thrown out :(
 
2013-03-24 06:43:09 PM

KWess: Canada - launching cute French-Canadian girls into space since 1999...others since 1984.

[www.asc-csa.gc.ca image 600x661]


I've met her on several occassions -- our sons were good friends at school, amoung other things.  Last I had heard they moved to Russia to be closer to an active space program.
 
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