Mad_Radhu: b2theory: While I want NASA's budget to increase by a bare minimum of 10X I have to point out a couple things....1) we have a probe orbiting Saturn and Mars2) We have probes visiting Ceres, Mercury and Pluto.3) We have two rovers on Mars4) We have a plethora of orbiting telescopes and physics projects5) We are getting ready to launch the James Webb Telescope.Yeah, sending meatbags into orbit is kind if overrated. The robots are out there doing the real science.
OnlyM3: NASA has new priorities these days:
Great Janitor: Given that space is huge, mostly empty and we really haven't found anywhere that humans can live outside of Earth, why is it bad that the U.S. space program is done now mostly with robots? Robots need less supplies that humans, will work longer and can go farther. Until we develop things like warp drive and have the ability to exploit the materials on other planets to build starships large enough to contain farms to raise animals and grow food on, the manned space mission is going to be very limited.
sheep snorter: Rightwing Christians hate NASA and therefor NASA must be mothballed into the pit of doom.
gingerjet: So much butthurt in this thread ... lets read the actual article.FTFA NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need.Wow ... something useful for our astronauts to use ...
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