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(CNN)   Nasa gets 48.1 million to develop space perfume and potatoes   ( divider line
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3434 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Feb 2003 at 4:46 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-25 04:49:02 AM  
I'll bet thousands of people that can't afford to feed their children will be excited about this.
2003-02-25 04:49:04 AM  
Mmmm. Nasa food.
2003-02-25 04:56:05 AM  
Why Dumbass? The money came from industry, and if the companies giving the grants are in the space perfume and potato business, it might be a good deal.
2003-02-25 04:57:18 AM  
What a waste... we could have bought enough soap to disinfect Europe. (OK... at least make them smell tolerable).
2003-02-25 04:57:37 AM  
And if you want to see a bigger waste of money, look at the link right above this one.
2003-02-25 04:58:29 AM  
...still no cure for cancer...
2003-02-25 05:13:10 AM  
Gee they should have spent an extra buck on better glue and employees for Columbia.
2003-02-25 05:14:29 AM  
Disinfect Europe?

From what? the stench of the ever creeping American fast food industry, in that case I agree.
2003-02-25 05:18:37 AM  
Dont knock NASA. Research in any field of science benefits science as a whole.
2003-02-25 05:34:44 AM  
EdMon is right. I mean what - you think all the great discoveries and inventions happen in a vacuum?
2003-02-25 05:37:10 AM  
It's a victory for common scents.
2003-02-25 06:04:13 AM  
Back of the queue, Purple Jack
2003-02-25 06:04:57 AM  
Though you're right - I can see the scents in this.
2003-02-25 06:10:01 AM  

I've a confession to make which may well be a capital offence. I don't know if you remember a few years back when Bob Monkhouse's entire 'gag' collection was stolen. Not only did I return it to him but, to my eternal shame, I photocopied the lot before I did so.
2003-02-25 06:30:32 AM  
As long as it's not tax dollars, I quote Clark Gable.
Damly, I don't give a frank.
2003-02-25 06:36:43 AM  
Many years ago NASA spent several milions to invent space pencil (to avoid ink's zero gravitation). Many years later they knew from Russian cosmonauts "the problem was solved in the first fly"...Russians simply used pencils.
2003-02-25 07:01:05 AM  

I call shennaningans on you......

urban legend. to damn lazy to link to snopes.
2003-02-25 07:15:23 AM  
2003-02-25 07:20:24 AM  
The space shuttle program and the space station are colossal wastes of money. Name one thing of any scientific value that we have learned from them. All those billions of dollars for disease-free tubers and a slighty altered rose scent? Junk farkin' science. Doesn't add up. The shuttles must be military weaponry ot else the gov't wouldn't keep them going. Look how fast they dropped Apollo after we "won the space race" against Russia. It's always about money. So they're getting something out of it. We just don't know what.
One thing that they have proven is that man will never live in space or on another planet. We are Earth parasites exclusively.
2003-02-25 07:38:11 AM  
I want my Space Spuds!
2003-02-25 07:40:09 AM  
What's wrong with nasa being partially funded by the private sector?
2003-02-25 07:51:38 AM  
Yosarian said, "...Name one thing of any scientific value that we have learned from them..."

The first that popped into my mind is we are learning about the long-term effects weightlessness has on the human body.

Why do you think "...One thing that they have proven is that man will never live in space or on another planet..."? If we can avoid turning ourselves into glow-in-the-dark mammals and releasing all the damn bioweapons that have been developed, non-terrestrial habitation will be inevitable.
2003-02-25 08:10:49 AM  
Benny_Hill - Yeah, the effects of long-term weightlessness on bone density loss and muscle atrophy are about the sum total of the knowlege gained. Which also proves that we are designed for the environment here on Earth and nothing short of a couple of million years of evolution in an alien environment will change that fact. Name one place in our solar system that would be suitable for us.
Life on this planet has been one long series of mass extinctions. What makes you think that man is any different? Our neo-cortex? Humans are only apes with clothes and cell phones. Fancy monkeys.
2003-02-25 09:11:36 AM  
CNN's just trying to stir up some shiat, and it looks like some people are taking the bait.
2003-02-25 09:20:44 AM  
- The space shuttle program and the space station are colossal wastes of money. Name one thing of any scientific value that we have learned from them.

I have a feeling I'm just feeding a troll, but if you REALLY want me too...

Microwave Ovens, Trans Global-Communication (what, you think they just TELEPORTED those satelites's up there?), CAT Scans and a host of other medical scanning technology, Just about everything having to do with weather prediction and about a zillion other Ecological studies (since we got our first real look at the earth from Nasa), Kevlar and a ton of other spiffy metals and plastics.

Every single one of the above came from research done by NASA.. and the money they've blown on Nasa dosen't even come close to what they give to farmers to grow dust, or buying a bunch more nukes...
2003-02-25 09:53:11 AM  
INCORECT TAG. NASA always, without question, deserve's the HERO tag.
2003-02-25 10:24:55 AM  
Fugitive_Unknown - Um, man has been putting satelites in orbit since the 50's. And all of those other things were developed before the shuttle program - and some of those are dubious claims on your part at best. Did we really need to spend a couple hundred billion dollars to develop the microwave? I stand by my assertion that we have gotten relatively nothing of any concrete value out of our current manned space program. Which leads me to think that there is an ulterior motive. Most of the shuttle missions are highly classified. Does working on germ-free spuds require that level of security?
The unmanned missions, otoh, have opened up the curtains and let us see the history of the universe. Now that's worthwhile. And yes, the shuttle did fix the Hubble, so there is that.
I support NASA. I was around for the moon landings, which are still man's greatest accomplishment, imho. My bass player is an engineer at NASA. But that doesn't mean that you can't be critical and realistic when accessing cost/benefit ratios.
2003-02-25 10:41:01 AM  
I don't want to start any arguments, Yosarian.. just playing devils advocate.. hear me out.

we spent billions on cure for cancer research.. and we still have no cure.. but we shouldn't really complain how we didn't get anything back from the money spent.... Science is baby steps..

you never know what will happen.. the furture we peel that onion.. we just might find something in the middle...

cheers, yosarian.. you made me think more into the situation, than just saying, what a waste.
2003-02-25 12:30:57 PM  
"I'll bet thousands of people that can't afford to feed their children will be excited about this."

I bet they will to. now they'll loose less of their potato crop to disease and be ale to feed more people. Keep up the good work, NASA.
2003-02-25 12:35:52 PM  
I've got one of those Fisher Space Pens (bullet model), purchased from the plant in Boulder City, NV. They are pretty damn good if you ask me.
2003-02-25 04:30:33 PM  
I think that may be the worst pun I've heard in years. . .
2003-02-25 05:56:04 PM  
Hey, it's called research and development by the private sector. Since inception, for every tax dollar NASA has received the nation and indeed the world has gained six through new discoveries in medicine and health, science, engineering, product manufacturing, foods, technologies and the list is endless. Anyone else out there doing as well?
2003-02-25 06:52:12 PM  
Do you want those private companies to give their R&D dollars to the Chinese space program maybe?
2003-02-25 07:49:36 PM  
C'mon, what about the juice box? The LP record cleaner? The BlueBlocker sunglasses? People give NASA credit for every technology they ever invested in at all. I heard someone on this very forum give them sole credit for inventing the PC (imagine!) and claim they invented the electric auto ignition, which was pioneered by Daimler-Benz in 1883. 600% returns, [b]AlamoAnnie[/b]? Does that include or exclude the costs involved with burying some of the world's best and brightest every now and again in the name perfume? Space...potatoes?
2003-02-25 08:17:27 PM  
The space station should be renamed the Seinfeld Station.

It's a manned space program about "nothing".
2003-02-25 08:26:33 PM  
I hate space food.
2003-02-25 10:06:05 PM  
What happened to my tags? I have HTML enabled. Hmmm....
2003-02-26 09:45:02 AM  
AlamoAnnie - I have to agree with Silver_Stretch. I've also heard that Tang and Velcro was invented by NASA engineers. Wrong.
NASA has a huge history of failures. And great accomplishments. My favorite story was about when they tried to launch a satelite at the same time as Sputnik. It went sideways into some woods a few hundred yards away instead of straight up. It kept transmitting though. One of the engineers asked if somebody could go shoot it.
And then there are the monkey in a space capsule stories. Hysterical! They've actually sent all manner of animals into orbit.
But they leave these things out of their press releases.
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