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(Mashable)   Crowdfunding effort brings NASA solar probe - abandoned in solar orbit for more than 30 years - back to life   (mashable.com) divider line 22
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2014-07-08 08:06:42 AM  
But if you could invent a bomb that only kills people darker than Deepak Chopra's skin tone Congress would give you so much funding you could build the space elevator out of $20 bills.
 
2014-07-08 08:07:17 AM  
It's terrible, the state of science funding in this country.
 
2014-07-08 08:52:33 AM  

doglover: But if you could invent a bomb that only kills people darker than Deepak Chopra's skin tone Congress would give you so much funding you could build the space elevator out of $20 bills.


Giant laser space Frisbees. Shhh!
 
2014-07-08 09:53:45 AM  
This is awesome.
 
2014-07-08 10:15:42 AM  
"ISEE was retired in 1997" Which is so 30 years ago...
 
2014-07-08 10:25:14 AM  
Boy, that article was brief.

Last week the did a spin-up burn from the thrusters and successfully brought the spin rate up from 19.16 RPM to 19.76 RPM (supposed to be 19.75 +/- 0.2).

Today they're planning to use the thrusters to put the spacecraft on the right trajectory to swing it past the moon, using Luna's gravity to slingshot it back toward Lagrangian point 1 (L1).
 
2014-07-08 11:06:35 AM  

doglover: It's terrible, the state of science funding in this country.


Because despite spending more on space research than the entire rest of the world combined, the US stopped funding a project that hasn't been producing anything useful since the 80s?
 
2014-07-08 11:07:13 AM  
It is just me, or does the video have el-zilcho to do with that probe?
 
2014-07-08 11:08:41 AM  

doglover: But if you could invent a bomb that only kills people darker than Deepak Chopra's skin tone Congress would give you so much funding you could build the space elevator out of $20 bills.


Taking out all the rest of your derp, a space elevator is scifi bunk that ignores basic physics.
 
2014-07-08 11:18:32 AM  

Best Princess Celestia: "ISEE was retired in 1997" Which is so 30 years ago...



FTFA:  "It has been inactive since 1987, but with a little financial help..."

So yes, technically not 30 years, but close.
 
2014-07-08 11:22:53 AM  
This is what "liberals" do in lieu of donating to some flakey politician.
 
2014-07-08 12:00:46 PM  
This could be the answer to directed taxes.  Setup a crowd-funding site for federal discretionary spending projects and allow contributions to be tax credits/deductions based on the income of the contributor.  Similar to the child and dependent care credit.  You could either have individual department projects or set funding minimums in congress and have contributions go the the department's general budget.
 
2014-07-08 12:01:30 PM  
How's the potato salad though?
 
2014-07-08 12:08:40 PM  

quantum_csc: This could be the answer to directed taxes.  Setup a crowd-funding site for federal discretionary spending projects and allow contributions to be tax credits/deductions based on the income of the contributor.  Similar to the child and dependent care credit.  You could either have individual department projects or set funding minimums in congress and have contributions go the the department's general budget.


It would be interesting if there were a portion allocated by congress/budget, and some small amount (50 cents) per person that they could log on and allocate as they pleased.  See where mental health, health care, border control, education etc...  really rank with people.
 
2014-07-08 12:11:30 PM  
That's great and everything, but they shouldn't be surprised if, in the intervening years, it's gone a little senile and refers to itself as "Holly."
 
2014-07-08 12:38:27 PM  

doglover: But if you could invent a bomb that only kills people darker than Deepak Chopra's skin tone Congress would give you so much funding you could build the space elevator out of $20 bills.


You seemed to ignore the need to fund other things like  bonuses for the VA employees and  GSA trips to Las Vegas.

Form the article the goal was $125K .

 GSA trip to Las Vegas $825K

Senior VA executives got  $2.8 million pluses the millions that went to their minions in unearned/undeserved  bonuses.

I am sure the cost of subsidizing Obamcare for Congress, in violation of the law, also exceeds that amount.

We took a $11 billion loss on GM and spent $26 Billion bailing out the UAW pension/health plan

So throw in green jobs, green energy investment failures, money to socially aware puppet shows, heated swimming pools  etc etc  and next you are going to tell me we need to raise taxes
 
2014-07-08 02:33:44 PM  
Uh, this is in the geek tab, not politics.

Two words: Maintenance dose

/jk
 
2014-07-08 03:05:56 PM  
Isn't this the probe that was "re-purposed" by its designer without NASA authorization?
 
2014-07-08 04:32:20 PM  

meanmutton: doglover: It's terrible, the state of science funding in this country.

Because despite spending more on space research than the entire rest of the world combined, the US stopped funding a project that hasn't been producing anything useful since the 80s?


It was out of range for a known period of time. How the fark hard is it to KEEP THE BLOODY REMOTE in storage in anticipation of the day.
 
2014-07-08 07:20:29 PM  

Psychopusher: That's great and everything, but they shouldn't be surprised if, in the intervening years, it's gone a little senile and refers to itself as "Holly."


It's still friendlier than that ship they left in Neptune's orbit.
 
2014-07-08 09:20:12 PM  

mootmah: Isn't this the probe that was "re-purposed" by its designer without NASA authorization?


Didn't really happen that way.  The old "hijacked" bit just made good headlines.  The scientist who repurposed it did so with NASA's nod, but other scientists were biatching that they should be able continue to gather data from it in its L1 orbit, even though the original mission was over.  Might have been some jealousy going on too, but that's just me guessing.
 
2014-07-09 05:41:03 AM  

doglover: It's terrible, the state of science funding in this country.


We just can't win. I was driving along in my way-back-machine with my old Queensryche album, Empire,  playing.  The theme of that album was how bad society is due to lack of police/security.  There's a voiceover during one song reciting the lack of funding of federal and local security compared to national defense and space exploration.  Assuming the trend was correct, even if the actual comparisons were not, that was only 1990.

Now we have homeland security and a nearly inactive space program.

Government funding fluctuates like global warming!
 
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