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(Gizmodo)   The American flags planted on the moon have turned white. Obviously this means we've already surrendered to alien invaders   ( divider line
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2013-07-07 05:12:13 AM  

zerkalo: White flag on the moon. How did it get there?

It's either ancient aliens or God is a white supremacist!!!
2013-07-07 08:15:03 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: Cucullen: TuteTibiImperes: 2wolves: legion_of_doo: If Bush didn't gut NASA spending, Obama would still be celebrating it's successes today.


He and his daddy said the U.S. was going to Mars. Voodoo space program to go with voodoo trickle down economics.

He may have said it but he never fought hard for the funding to make it happen.

If we'd kept NASA funding steady as a percentage of the federal budget since the 60s we'd have landed men on Mars and have a permanent manned outpost on the Moon learning how to grow crops and exist self-sufficiently by now.

Even at the height of development in the Apollo program NASA's budget never went beyond 4.41% of the budget overall, and today it's only 0.48% after over two decades of decline since 1991.

NASA had lots of funding. The problem is they scrubbed the Apollo program in favor of the craptastic shuttle program. Not that they had much choice. We had already done the r&d on the Saturn rocket and F1 engine. The politicians needed a black hole to through money down to make contractors rich.

The Shuttle served us well for a long time.  The idea of a reusable craft was a good one, and I'm a little disappointed that we've moved back to rockets instead of investing more heavily into something that can take off like a plane, achieve LEO, and then land again like a plane, but it is what it is.

A rocket that can take off and then land again is probably the next best thing, and that's what SpaceX just successfully tested (though it just went up 10 stories).

As far as manned missions go - we may not need them to do the science we're doing, but they're undeniably cool.  If we want to encourage more people into the scientific fields and get more public support behind increased funding for the space program we need to put human beings on Mars or start building a permanent base on the Moon - we've had satellites and rovers for decades, they're just not exciting for the average person anymore.

Yeah - but should we really care about the average person?

I mean, if space were super cool and everyone wanted to be an astronaut/scientist - what would happen?  Well, we'd have a generation of regular people who aren't going to live out their fantasy of working for NASA.  There are lots of productive, useful, 'average' people (I'd include most people, myself included, in this group).  We're great for showing up, doing the obvious, doing it pretty well, getting paid, and going home.  I don't think we need more of us in science.  We need more of the *really amazing* people who advance scientific understanding.

I'm a software guy - but I'm a no-name, business-app making, nothing special - but still pretty good, software guy.  Someone like Knuth did more for Computer Science while taking a dump than 100,000 guys like me will do in a lifetime of writing business apps and websites.
2013-07-07 12:04:03 PM  
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2013-07-07 09:26:04 PM  

mark12A: They made the flags out of cheap ass nylon? I kinda assumed they would have to tried something a bit more durable, like Beta cloth and metallic pigments. Huh.

I suspect they assumed that we'd have a moonbase flying a new flag over it long before those flags deteriorated.
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