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2013-05-03 01:39:22 PM
I think maybe we've lost something that we don't have those kinds of dreams anymore.
 
2013-05-03 01:40:11 PM
seems legit
 
2013-05-03 01:49:12 PM
Came for the snark, but that's some cool art.

/And this - well, this is a bookmark
 
2013-05-03 01:51:28 PM
Some future generation of kids, condemned to hobbling along mud-filled tracks in ruined cities returning to weeds, by the Earth Firster and AGW movements, will look up at the stars and sob "Why? How could you do this to us?"
 
2013-05-03 01:52:57 PM
Very cool.  Brought back memories of my childhood filled with wonder at space exploration.
 
2013-05-03 01:55:30 PM
There's no oil in space.  Duh.
 
2013-05-03 01:56:37 PM

SmackLT: I think maybe we've lost something that we don't have those kinds of dreams anymore.


I've wondered about that.  Though it seems like we're on a bit of a turnaround now with private space exploration.
 
2013-05-03 01:56:49 PM
Those pictures are making me hungry for space exploration.
 
2013-05-03 01:56:59 PM

SmackLT: I think maybe we've lost something that we don't have those kinds of dreams anymore.


Well, the Soviets lost something, sure.

The cold war.

Which was the only reason anyone gave a shiat about space anyway.
 
2013-05-03 01:59:15 PM
I was expecting a quadruple-decker bus with a landing strip on top.
 
2013-05-03 02:00:03 PM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Some future generation of kids, condemned to hobbling along mud-filled tracks in ruined cities returning to weeds, by the Earth Firster and AGW movements, will look up at the stars and sob "Why? How could you do this to us?"


You'd better start building your bunker before those AGW thugs track you down and kill you.
 
2013-05-03 02:02:16 PM
I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.
 
2013-05-03 02:06:54 PM

KellyX: I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.



i.chzbgr.com
 
2013-05-03 02:09:59 PM
Ugh. A Gawker site.

I want to read this, but don't want to give them a page view.

Can someone post the article they linked to/plagiarized?
 
2013-05-03 02:10:56 PM
We're not quite there yet.
 
2013-05-03 02:31:18 PM
That should be us by now.  In 1969 we were on the moon.  Now the best we have to show is the ISS.  40 years passed since the moon was visited.

Within the next 20 years the following should happen
* Beginning to explore space manufacturing
* establishing  a permanent base on the moon.

It could happen is the US wasn't so hell bent on killing everyone who disagrees with it.  Instead expect someone else to do it.  There's a reason a lot of sci fi has humans in space speaking or using chinese...
 
2013-05-03 02:33:08 PM
Narrator: The moon. For several years, she has fascinated many. But
will man ever walk on her fertile surface?
[cut to a shot of Adlai Stevenson at some sort of press
conference]
Democratic hopeful Adlai Stevenson says so.
Stevenson: I have no objection to man walking on the moon.
[photographers snap several pictures]
[cut back to the moon where a family plays on the moon's
fertile surface]
Narrator: By 1964, experts say man will have established twelve
colonies on the moon, ideal for family vacations.
[a man fishes a comely moon maiden out of a crater. She
winks at the audience]
[a chart shows the difference]
Once there, you'll weigh only a small percentage of what
you weigh on Earth.
[cut to a shot of a chubby boy eating pie]
Slow down, tubby! You're not on the moon yet!
[cut to a shot of the moon, with an American flag
superimposed on it. The camera pulls back to reveal some
men in spacesuits]
The moon belongs to America, and anxiously awaits the
arrival of our astro-men. Will you be among them?
 
2013-05-03 02:33:21 PM
*if , not is...

/fark needs an edit feature
 
2013-05-03 02:34:20 PM
Unfortunately western society decided that frugality was more important than the future.
 
2013-05-03 02:36:42 PM

MrEricSir: Unfortunately western society decided that frugality was more important than the future.



i28.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-03 02:38:12 PM
Paging _________ ________!
Please answer the threadshiatter's courtesy phone!
 
2013-05-03 02:46:22 PM

KellyX: I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.


This type of silly daydreaming is for loser's and idiot's.  Space exploration is a waste of resources, the only thing worse than the current retarded fascination with space is the even more retarded fascination with space during the 50's.  If you want to kill yourself, fine, but do it in some cheaper way than atop a 100 billion dollar rocket.  Thats money better spent addressing my all-encompassing fear of death.  We will never get to space, we will never get to the moon, we will never get to Mars.  So just stop it.
 
2013-05-03 02:51:03 PM

BigLuca: KellyX: I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.

This type of silly daydreaming is for loser's and idiot's.  Space exploration is a waste of resources, the only thing worse than the current retarded fascination with space is the even more retarded fascination with space during the 50's.  If you want to kill yourself, fine, but do it in some cheaper way than atop a 100 billion dollar rocket.  Thats money better spent addressing my all-encompassing fear of death.  We will never get to space, we will never get to the moon, we will never get to Mars.  So just stop it.


Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion man.
 
2013-05-03 02:51:33 PM
The trouble with these things is they were drawn by artists rather than actual engineers or scientists.
 
2013-05-03 02:54:04 PM
Half of those pictures could be used in the 1970s-80s (might take some detailing).  Of the remaining pictures, the biggest issues were extra fins on stages that would be mostly out of orbit.  I also loved those Goddard style balancing rods waaaay at the top of one of those rockets.  Not going to do much there.

For those who are happy to cram all humanity endlessly on Earth, why roam around Earth?  You would be just as happy staying in your basement and observing the rest of life through the internet and the occasional drone.  Why go anywhere else?
 
2013-05-03 02:55:15 PM

SultanofSchwing: BigLuca: KellyX: I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.

This type of silly daydreaming is for loser's and idiot's.  Space exploration is a waste of resources, the only thing worse than the current retarded fascination with space is the even more retarded fascination with space during the 50's.  If you want to kill yourself, fine, but do it in some cheaper way than atop a 100 billion dollar rocket.  Thats money better spent addressing my all-encompassing fear of death.  We will never get to space, we will never get to the moon, we will never get to Mars.  So just stop it.

Yeah well, that's just like, your opinion man.


I'm just place holding until the actual owner of that opinion gets here.
 
2013-05-03 03:01:51 PM
I'm just glad we aren't holding ourselves back with a made up system that ensures those that won't, can.
 
2013-05-03 03:03:16 PM
The art of Chesley Bonestell:

www.bonestell.org
 
2013-05-03 03:04:53 PM
One more:

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-03 03:15:37 PM

SmackLT: I think maybe we've lost something that we don't have those kinds of dreams anymore.


Or we made it to space and know there's not much worth reaching for out there.
 
2013-05-03 03:16:29 PM

BigLuca: I'm just place holding until the actual owner of that opinion gets here.


[applies thumbscrews, cranks then energetically]

Don't do that again.
 
2013-05-03 03:17:06 PM
Good job threadshiatting without that guy's help, just like in the last thread about 3D printers. Nope, can't just enjoy a good thread while it lasts can we?
 
2013-05-03 03:18:48 PM
Also "slow down tubby. You're not on the moon yet." cracks me up every time.
 
2013-05-03 03:22:57 PM
[angrily waves a whole goddamn box of thumbscrews around]

[there's a hundred and forty-three pairs left in said box]


th05.deviantart.net

I GOT MORE OF THESE WHO WANTS SOME

/ambiguity, it's what's for lunch
 
2013-05-03 03:27:53 PM

Kittypie070: BigLuca: I'm just place holding until the actual owner of that opinion gets here.

[applies thumbscrews, cranks then energetically]

Don't do that again.


Sometimes I forget that both my earnest-typing and sarcastic-typing come across to other people as plain old typing.  I've said it before -- the internet needs a sarcasm font.
 
2013-05-03 03:28:00 PM
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2013-05-03 03:32:07 PM
 
2013-05-03 03:33:35 PM
 
2013-05-03 03:35:32 PM
I could plagiarize Doc Smith's work to no end and none of you would know it.
 
2013-05-03 03:35:34 PM

BigLuca: Kittypie070: BigLuca: I'm just place holding until the actual owner of that opinion gets here.

[applies thumbscrews, cranks then energetically]

Don't do that again.

Sometimes I forget that both my earnest-typing and sarcastic-typing come across to other people as plain old typing.  I've said it before -- the internet needs a sarcasm font.


I say a mood ring at the end of each post.
 
2013-05-03 03:36:26 PM

BigLuca: Kittypie070: BigLuca: I'm just place holding until the actual owner of that opinion gets here.

[applies thumbscrews, cranks then energetically]

Don't do that again.


Sometimes I forget that both my earnest-typing and sarcastic-typing come across to other people as plain old typing.  I've said it before -- the internet needs a sarcasm font.


Oh dear :(

I'm sorry. My sarc meter is rather sh*t these days.

[morphine, thumbscrew removal, repair work]
 
2013-05-03 03:38:34 PM
What? Nobody has  'shopped picture #7 with "Go away, batin" yet?

You guys are slipping
 
2013-05-03 03:41:41 PM
 
2013-05-03 03:42:21 PM

wildcardjack: I could plagiarize Doc Smith's work to no end and none of you would know it.


"Rubbish."
suburbancomando.files.wordpress.com

 
2013-05-03 03:45:45 PM
At this point, I just hope to live long enough to be around when we look for life on Europa.
 
2013-05-03 03:46:48 PM

Kittypie070: This Bonestell depicting Beta Lyrae was my fave when I was a kid...still is. Pretty flashy.


Careful. There are Kzinti "pirates" lurking around over there. (Well, you might be safe, Biter Of Trolls.)
 
2013-05-03 03:47:21 PM
Aww...shiat. Not THAT Doc Smith, you....you phlegm!!

I'd rather have teh screaming goofball in here than THAT.

*facepalm*
 
2013-05-03 03:48:36 PM

phlegmmo: wildcardjack: I could plagiarize Doc Smith's work to no end and none of you would know it.

"Rubbish."
[suburbancomando.files.wordpress.com image 334x418]


Exactly my point. You drew from the 1960's, I know my 1930's. Between Jules Verne and Asimov there were some strange, talented, and forgotten authors. It took the world 70 years to discover Cthulu, how long to grasp the Lensmen?
 
2013-05-03 03:48:46 PM

KellyX: I won't even mention it, but I suspect who-who-must-not-be-named, will be here soon to shiat all over things.


Haven't seen Lord Moldyhsorts in space threads recently.
 
2013-05-03 03:52:31 PM
img1.fantasticfiction.co.uk
 
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