theorellior: HighZoolander: Meh, we've already landed a probe on Titan, why should Europa be any harder?Gawd, I would love to have a Curiosity-sized mission to Titan. Wouldn't that just be the shiat? A nuclear-powered rover the size of a RAV-4 cruising around on gullies carved by ethane flash floods in rock-hard ice? Oops, I think I just jizzed in my pants.
Erix: I honestly never understood the scorn people heaped on him for this one. There's plenty to dislike the guy for, but when people that were otherwise supportive of space exploration started laughing at Gingrich for this, it just stunk of partisanship.
blacksharpiemarker: Admittedly, we need to fix our problems at home (of which we have many) before setting our sights on the stars.
SN1987a goes boom: $20 billion? We could've had 1 whole aircraft carrier for that!
The Bestest: qorkfiend: I don't know about "orders of magnitude" easier. Easier because it's closer, sure, but if you've solved the basic problems of getting people to Mars and back, you can easily solve the basic problems of getting people to Europa and back. It'll just take a bit longer.I'm not even talking about people at this point, just probes/rovers. Distance is a -huge- factor just from a propulsion and communication standpoint and it is a much stickier math problem landing something on/placing into orbit around another planet's moon than it is another planet.
doglover: dahmers love zombie: 1: That's sad. We need more good science.2: As with all graphs that have a nonzero y-axis, that graph is bullshiat. Yes, there's been a drop, but it's not "almost to zero", as that graph would have you believe.3: Still need an increase in planetary science funding.4. NASA hasn't proposed a sexy mission in ages. It's all Hubble deep field recolors, mars probes, and dorky "lulz microgravity" stuff on the ISS.We need a manned mars mission. It's the only way.
dahmers love zombie: 1: That's sad. We need more good science.2: As with all graphs that have a nonzero y-axis, that graph is bullshiat. Yes, there's been a drop, but it's not "almost to zero", as that graph would have you believe.3: Still need an increase in planetary science funding.
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