Nabb1: It's rather sad how little interest there is in our space program anymore. I guess our society doesn't feel inspired anymore by scientific achievement.
SevenizGud: $17.7B - NASA budgetI guess the budget could be bigger, but we are too busy paying for the 7 trillion dollars in pointless foreign wars our corporate masters wanted.
jso2897: SevenizGud: $17.7B - NASA budgetI guess the budget could be bigger, but we are too busy paying for the 7 trillion dollars in pointless foreign wars our corporate masters wanted.FTFY (to reflect actual reality)
devine: Nabb1: It's rather sad how little interest there is in our space program anymore. I guess our society doesn't feel inspired anymore by scientific achievement.I'm right there with you. I really thought we'd at least be back to the moon by now, but nobody likes science.Makes me want to start my own space program, with blackjack and hookers.
SevenizGud: jso2897: SevenizGud: $17.7B - NASA budgetI guess the budget could be bigger, but we are too busy paying for the 7 trillion dollars in pointless foreign wars our corporate masters wanted.FTFY (to reflect actual reality)[www.freedomsphoenix.com image 380x262]Yeah, because allowing women to vote is pointless.
EngineerAU: [www.cranesy.com image 600x450]Our space program seems pretty good to me.
TheCheese: Whoa, whoa, WHOA!Ain't nobody gonna be sendin' our good duct tape inta space, and that's final.
AndreMA: Thanks, Obama!I remember during his 2008 campaign that he wanted to slash NASA funding in order to fund some education initiative he favored. After a large outcry, he claimed to have changed his mind.Instead he was just lying, as he is more than half the time. It's a shame he didn't bother to actually attend one of the last Shuttle launches. I'm sure he could have gotten a great vantage point... maybe a lawn chair in the flame trench.
Mad_Radhu: Nabb1: It's rather sad how little interest there is in our space program anymore. I guess our society doesn't feel inspired anymore by scientific achievement.Maybe it's because most people don't find the ISS program that inspiring. Hell, I was a space nerd in high school and I honestly struggle to give a shiat what happens on the ISS. Things like the Curiosity mission or the Kepler telescope are way more interesting because they are actually making interesting discoveries. Sure the ISS does science, but it is poetry damn dull science as far as the general public is concerned, so I don't blame them for not being enthralled.
bbfreak: Not to ruin your little anti-Obama rant but you do know that Obama can't do anything himself without congress right? I'd say Congress is even more to blame since they control the money, all Obama can do is set policy/veto or sign off on it. Its easy to blame one person, but not exactly correct.
AndreMA: No, but he has input to the process and a lot of Democrats in Congress follow his "leadership" on issues that don't have large, direct impacts on their home districts.
bbfreak: public didn't get bored of that by Apollo 15 12.
SevenizGud: $17.7B - NASA budgetI guess the budget could be bigger, but we are too busy paying paying losers to pump out a never-ending series of career criminals.Tough break, StinkyHippy. When you cry about NASA, just remember that Shaniqua Von Bismarck will at least have enough money to buy food for her 14 kids by 14 different fathers.
bbfreak: Too late.
clancifer: Sure, our space program has fallen apart, but on the flipside, the top 1% has really enjoyed those tax breaks.
kg2095: bbfreak: Yes, its sad that Congress is pretty useless and incompetent in general but regardless the space program isn't dead yet. Obama also of course shares some blame, but I wouldn't say he really dismantled the space program. Shuttle was already on the way out, and Constellation deserved to be cancelled for being the clusterfark pork that it was. SLS (previously the Ares V) of course didn't get cancelled because of congress, even though there are serious concerns on about whether we can afford to fly that rocket very many times at all or even if its the best approach. Questions that weren't seriously asked because SLS like Constellation before it was designed around pork requirements.Keep in mind though that despite all of this, NASA's budget is still bigger than the top three space programs behind the US. Which is China, Russia, and Europe. Not only bigger overall but bigger than all three combined at 16.6 billion for 2014.China: 1.3 billionRussia: 5.6 billionEurope: 5.51 billionI did not know that. But with that being the case why does NASA need to beg the Soviets for a ride these days?
of course it's SFW, whaddya think I am?
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