Sybarite: I have no idea what you're talking about, so here's an astronaut covered in goslings.[www.nsf.gov image 850x637]/Jessica Meir
Two Dogs Farking: I see they have Token Black. That's nice.
The Stealth Hippopotamus: God speed.When are they debuting the flight suit? They need a really spiffy flight suit.
XMark: Aren't they going to be too old by the time a Mars mission actually happens? It's, like, at least 20 years away and that's being optimistic.
Vectron: No Asians? I think the lady in the red blazer might be Hispanic.
lostcat: Or did someone come up with a way to sheild against solar radiation already?
Deep Contact: Hope they have about 3 feet of lead surrounding them for the trip.
DocTravesty: Deep Contact: Hope they have about 3 feet of lead surrounding them for the trip.I expect they'll use a lot of water for shielding. Unless we develop some really long-lived recycling systems, they're gonna need it anyway.
lostcat: They all better stop aging now, considering what a long way we are from being ready to send them.Or did someone come up with a way to sheild against solar radiation already?
brimed03: FTA: According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "they not only have the right stuff... they represent the full tapestry of America."Yes. The full tapestry. Provided you're only using six or seven white threads and one black thread. Mayyybe a tan thread IF the red-jacketed woman is Hispanic. No yellow or red threads though./that'sracist.jpg//so'sthis.jpg
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: //sad that people are more hung up on race than what this means for the future of manned flight
PunGent: Deep Contact: Hope they have about 3 feet of lead surrounding them for the trip.You know what?I'd go, even without adequate shielding. Place in the history books, and all that.I'm not suicidal or anything, but it'd be worth it.
papajoefong: The lady in the red jacket will be the first to die.
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: People said the same thing about the moon when Kennedy made his speech in '61, and we'd barely started putting satellites in our own orbit. Eight years later there were two men standing on it.
bbfreak: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: People said the same thing about the moon when Kennedy made his speech in '61, and we'd barely started putting satellites in our own orbit. Eight years later there were two men standing on it.The Difference is we had motivation to get to the moon before those damn commies! We were in an arms race, and getting to the moon was part of securing the high ground and proving our superiority. Once we did that we stopped and did flights around low earth orbit for almost 30 years and cut NASA's budget. Which is important to note because NASA's budget for Apollo varied from 2 to 4 percent. NASA's budget now as a percentage of the budget? 0.47 percent and its suppose to be even less next year.Look, I want Orion and SLS to fly I just think its ridiculous to think that these eight will actually fly when we have no agreed mission for Orion/SLS. We are building Orion/SLS mainly to keep shuttle contractors happy, beyond that we have no well planed goal. Well, the President has his capture an asteroid idea and then eventually Mars. Congress isn't keen on funding that idea, so eh. Indeed, Orion/SLS are being squeezed thanks to this retarded sequester. So whether both fly before they're canceled is anyone's guess.Plus, anyone who thinks we're actually serious about this is kidding themselves. If we were it wouldn't take 16 years of development for Orion/SLS to fly. Compare that to the 9 years it took to develop shuttle, and the 7 years it took to develop Apollo. Orion wont fly until 2021, and that's just a earth orbit mission. Who knows when the first mission beyond low earth orbit will be.So I'm putting my hope in Space X. They already have a working spacecraft that is capable of going to Mars. Maybe Musk will have brought the cost of putting humans into space by that time as that is his goal eventually with Grasshopper. Overall his approach seems to be the most sensible as far as money, time, and engineering goes. Maybe the gover ...
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: brimed03: FTA: According to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, "they not only have the right stuff... they represent the full tapestry of America." Yes. The full tapestry. Provided you're only using six or seven white threads and one black thread. Mayyybe a tan thread IF the red-jacketed woman is Hispanic. No yellow or red threads though.I'm sure with a pool 6100 potentials, "color" was a deciding factor when choosing a group with the right technical/scientific backgrounds and skillsets.
brimed03: But at the very least-- and my original point-- don't CLAIM to have a representative group of Americans when you clearly don't.So your are saying it should be an out off work black guy, a jewish lawyer and itialian pizzaria owner, some stoned kid, an overly tatted and pierced girl,Honey Boo Boo, a mexican day worker and a Trans Gender biracial liberal?
Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I'm not saying it's going to happen, but it can given the right motivation. Which is why I'm kind of happy we're back to butting heads with Russia. Perhaps some good will come of it. And with NASA being late to the party these days vs. what the private spaceflight industry is doing, it bodes well for all involved parties.
Mr. Coffee Nerves: Can they possibly resist the maddening urge to eradicate history at the mere push of a single button? The beautiful, shiny button? The jolly, candy-like button?
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