America used to be able to do things.
Apollo 11. July 16, 1969.
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Posted 16 July 2015 - 10:26 PM
Posted 16 July 2015 - 11:13 PM
The proud days of Camelot! This once great country could do little wrong. Now look at us. Don't even get me started.
I never make the same mistake twice....I always make it 5 or 6 times just to be sure!
Posted 16 July 2015 - 11:46 PM
Shooting piano sized spacecraft right out to Pluto for some snazzy pics is pretty cool. Surely counts as something? Rovers on Mars, Hubble telescope, mass array telescope... Just because the US isn't taking the risk of putting men in compromising situations doesn't mean it's not doing anything.
Though it does seem to be spending far more time and effort
killing liberating and imprisoning people than conducting space exploration, these days.
Posted 17 July 2015 - 10:07 PM
Spirit left Earth in 2003.
New Horizons left Earth in 2006.
Curiosity left Earth in 2012.
The United States hasn't had the ability to put a human into space since 2011.
The James Webb Space Telescope launch has been delayed (again) from 2011 to 2018.
And, yes, the federal government's war on everything is keeping the prisons full.
Edited by JWebb, 17 July 2015 - 10:10 PM.
Posted 18 July 2015 - 11:49 AM
Edited by rp88, 18 July 2015 - 11:51 AM.
Posted 18 July 2015 - 05:07 PM
Wow, why does any of the next missions have to be manned?? We're smart enough to build robots to conduct experiments and collect specimens. We need to find cheap sources for raw materials to build habitats before we even think about sending anyone beyond the moon. The moon offers a unique place to conduct some serious quantum physics at reduced gravities.
Posted 19 July 2015 - 01:58 PM
The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.
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A learning experience is one of those things that say, "You know that thing you just did? Don't do that." Douglas Adams (1952-2001)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world." Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Posted 20 July 2015 - 12:00 PM
Posted 20 July 2015 - 06:50 PM
Posted 20 July 2015 - 09:43 PM
What did the US government spend money on in 1968?
Losing a shooting war?
Losing the "War on Poverty"?
It's a good thing we didn't call the Space Race the Space War.
I'm sure that consolidating NASA operations in Houston took a chunk of money. President Johnson would have put the launch facilities in Texas if he could.
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