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2013-04-08 05:59:07 AM
You can make rocket fuel using nothing but simple table sugar and KNO3.
FWOOOSH!  Let's do this shiat!
 
2013-04-08 06:01:56 AM
OH CHRIST MY FACE!  THE FIRE IS ON MY FACE! PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!  WHO KNEW ROCKET SCIENCE WAS SO HARD!?
 
2013-04-08 06:30:22 AM

staplermofo: You can make rocket fuel using nothing but simple table sugar and KNO3.
FWOOOSH!  Let's do this shiat!


Actually it's more like:

NASA GUY: Er, um, there's no scientific value to further moon travel. We have collected the data we need. We would like an additional several million to er um study some rocks on mars. We believe they're of great scientific er um interest. Within several generations studying these rocks may allow out grandchildren to establish a small research facility on Mars itself.

PENTAGON GUY: Well, seeet. You give me that there million dollars and I'll blow up some extra AY-rabs and take all of their oil money for ya the next time we're in the sandbox. You have any idea how many hookers AY-rab oil money can buy? It's a lot.

CONGRESSMAN: Let me think about this.
 
2013-04-08 06:34:41 AM

doglover: CONGRESSMAN: Let me think about this.


No, I don't believe that for a second. Congressmen just want to spend more money as long as a lobbyist tells them to.

And, no I don't remember when the shuttle was going to turn space travel into an everyday occurrence and I don't remember anyone claiming we'd land a person on mars by now.

Mars is a lot further away than the moon - like somewhere between 50 miles farther and a couple of light years farther.
 
2013-04-08 06:34:42 AM
No, I have to disagree.  I tried to make a candy rocket fuel for a G engine once.  The face burning was pretty core to how it went down.  NASA wasn't any more involved than the sticker I got with my NAR membership.  If the Pentagon was involved, they've been playing it cool for a long time now.
 
2013-04-08 06:43:00 AM

Happy Hours: Mars is a lot further away than the moon


Not with project Orion. But that required building and using more H bombs than it would take to kill the whole world. All we have to do now is make a fusion version and make sure people keep indoors on launch day.
 
2013-04-08 07:05:37 AM
I was recently told that our most pressing, indeed URGENT, need was to build a fleet of these to protect us from the falling space rocks that are coming to kill us all.

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2013-04-08 07:22:10 AM
Remember when the Space Shuttle was gonna turn space travel into everyday occurrence?

I always thought that the shuttle program was meant to be simply the first leg in a fully developed space program that would've included orbiting space stations plus lunar and martian bases. Once the funding for those projects disappeared due to budget cutbacks and the realization that the Soviet Union wasn't about to take the high ground, the space shuttle was all that remained. It was meant to be a reusable transport vehicle for bringing people up the first part of the journey, not meant as a platform for scientific experimentation and exploration.

Don't get me wrong, it was an amazing program. But it's more like a remnant of what could have been.
 
2013-04-08 07:35:46 AM

Happy Hours: And, no I don't remember when the shuttle was going to turn space travel into an everyday occurrence


I absolutely remember that.  It was part of the justification for building multiple re-usable spacecraft, so that we could launch stuff every few weeks.
 
2013-04-08 08:02:50 AM

dittybopper: Happy Hours: And, no I don't remember when the shuttle was going to turn space travel into an everyday occurrence

I absolutely remember that.  It was part of the justification for building multiple re-usable spacecraft, so that we could launch stuff every few weeks.


Weird - I don't think you're that much older than me. The shuttle was just a thing that went into orbit. In a way, the shuttle launches were pretty common, but they were never intended to make space flight accessible to you or me. And by space flight I mean orbiting the earth.

I'll be very surprised - and amazed - if any nation ever puts a person on Mars in my lifetime.

Common spaceflight? Yeah - not likely. The Concorde is grounded. It had a good run, but it was horribly expensive and that's the closest we've ever come to spaceflight for the average person.. We're just not going to see it let alone experience it in our lifetimes.

Maybe in the next.
 
2013-04-08 09:05:45 AM

Happy Hours: dittybopper: Happy Hours: And, no I don't remember when the shuttle was going to turn space travel into an everyday occurrence

I absolutely remember that.  It was part of the justification for building multiple re-usable spacecraft, so that we could launch stuff every few weeks.

Weird - I don't think you're that much older than me.


Mid forties, but a space nut from a very young age.  I have a faint, distant memory of watching Apollo 17 on TV, and I certainly remember Apollo/Soyuz rather well.  By the time STS-1 launched, I actually had the "Shuttle Operators Manual" that they published.  I still have it somewhere.
 
2013-04-08 04:13:16 PM
Remember when people know how'd to right cohairant sentances ?
 
2013-04-08 06:50:13 PM
What really clobbered the space program was Kennedy's "We'll be on the moon by the end of the decade." The early plans were a gradual progression with a LEO space station to be followed by missions to the moon. That could have been done with much smaller rockets, because the lunar mission would have left from the space station in an assembled-in-orbit vehicle. The successors to the Dyne-Soar ("Dynamic Soarer") would have been oders of magnitude simpler than the Shuttle. A succession of goals would have kept the public engaged. Apollo stretched our technology to the limit and here we are. One big spurt and done.

/I remember watching the first Mercury sub-orbital flights.
 
2013-04-09 12:40:18 AM

natazha: What really clobbered the space program was Kennedy's "We'll be on the moon by the end of the decade."


Oh bullshiat.
 
2013-04-10 09:17:26 AM

Happy Hours: dittybopper: Happy Hours: And, no I don't remember when the shuttle was going to turn space travel into an everyday occurrence

I absolutely remember that.  It was part of the justification for building multiple re-usable spacecraft, so that we could launch stuff every few weeks.

Weird - I don't think you're that much older than me. The shuttle was just a thing that went into orbit. In a way, the shuttle launches were pretty common, but they were never intended to make space flight accessible to you or me. And by space flight I mean orbiting the earth.

I'll be very surprised - and amazed - if any nation ever puts a person on Mars in my lifetime.

Common spaceflight? Yeah - not likely. The Concorde is grounded. It had a good run, but it was horribly expensive and that's the closest we've ever come to spaceflight for the average person.. We're just not going to see it let alone experience it in our lifetimes.

Maybe in the next.


No. I remember before the Challenger disaster, they were talking about at least a once a month launch for the shuttle.  And then they ended up taking a year off to make sure nothing else could go wrong.
 
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