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(Chron)   Russia sends three cosmonauts up to the ISS. China is planning to launch its first space station. Even Iran's space program is planning to send a cat into space. So what is NASA doing next? They're going to launch a 3D printer into space   (chron.com) divider line 57
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2013-09-30 10:39:47 AM

studebaker hoch: So what is the US doing in spite of having a political system that is broken that can't handle the fact that the darkie won a second term and totally ruined a perfectly good chance to start WW III with Iran? Plenty.

If Iran launches a cat into space, I wonder if it will be a Siamese?  Calico? I'm drawing a blank here.


Persian.
 
2013-09-30 01:23:05 PM
When I was a kid, I was all over "Star Trek" and all the other space operas. I got over it after talking to a lot of people who wanted space colonies. Basically, they were just end-of-the-roaders who liked technology.
 
2013-09-30 02:09:20 PM
NASA's budget: roughly $14billion
Food stamp budget: Roughly $87billion.

Honestly, I'd rather those numbers be reversed and have the "hungry" (b.s.) learn to feed their own fat faces, and have NASA and the scientific community help do what mankind was meant to do: Advance the human condition.

/No. No I don't care hungry people in American. Because there are none.
 
2013-09-30 04:37:53 PM

OnlyM3: clancifer


Yeah, but we did give rich folks some awesome tax breaks.


[www.upl.co image 660x513]

NASA has new priorities these days:

In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation's space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President Obama has ordered him to pursue three new objectives: to "re-inspire children" to study science and math, to "expand our international relationships," and to "reach out to the Muslim world." Of those three goals, Bolden said in a recent interview with al-Jazeera, the mission to reach out to Muslims is "perhaps foremost," because it will help Islamic nations "feel good" about their scientific accomplishments.

In the same interview, Bolden also said the United States, which first sent men to the moon in 1969, is no longer capable of reaching even low earth orbit without help from other nations.


Wait, is it supposed to be funny because someone shopped Obama into a stock photo?
 
2013-09-30 06:02:08 PM
This is actually quite cool - one of the major limitations of 3d printing is that it's (duh obviously) affected by gravity and hence this has a huge influence on what you can design and how you build it (and what materials you can use and the manufacturing process).

Space, with it's lack of gravity, might open up some interesting changes in this technology that allow for more complicated or bigger designs to be printed. Obviously, it would be difficult to get them from up there to back down here for us to use (and probably not cost effective) but building things in space for space exploration might become practical and the application of this technology in the future virtually unlimited.

But yeah, lets shoot some monkeys into orbit to compete with the Iranians.
 
2013-09-30 07:41:47 PM

limboslam: NASA's budget: roughly $14billion
Food stamp budget: Roughly $87billion.

Honestly, I'd rather those numbers be reversed and have the "hungry" (b.s.) learn to feed their own fat faces, and have NASA and the scientific community help do what mankind was meant to do: Advance the human condition.

/No. No I don't care hungry people in American. Because there are none.


You are an asshole. There aren't no hungry people in America eh? Which must be why food banks are shutting up shop, or why Wal-Mart pays its workers enough to live off of, oh wait. None of those have actually happened. I'd love for less people to be dependent upon either but that isn't going to happen with a system that is rigged in favor of the rich.
 
2013-09-30 11:58:20 PM

bbfreak: limboslam: NASA's budget: roughly $14billion
Food stamp budget: Roughly $87billion.

Honestly, I'd rather those numbers be reversed and have the "hungry" (b.s.) learn to feed their own fat faces, and have NASA and the scientific community help do what mankind was meant to do: Advance the human condition.

/No. No I don't care hungry people in American. Because there are none.

You are an asshole. There aren't no hungry people in America eh? Which must be why food banks are shutting up shop, or why Wal-Mart pays its workers enough to live off of, oh wait. None of those have actually happened. I'd love for less people to be dependent upon either but that isn't going to happen with a system that is rigged in favor of the rich.


If the lazy never had children, I'd agree with you. Unfortunately, they tend to have lots of children. It is our obligation to take care of every child born in this country.
 
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