Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

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Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:42 AM

Watch Live: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

This is the end of manned space flight in America and the last shuttle flight. It will be many years before the new rockets are ready. What are your thoughts on the future of space flight in America. Worth the money? What should we be focusing on? Should the manned portion of space flight be turned over to private enterprise (like they are planning to do)?

Any memories from the NASA program that stick out for you?

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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:53 AM

:cry2: Does this mean I have to surrender my dream of being an astronaut when I grow up?


As far as memories, I remember sitting in the auditorium at school... staring at a small television strapped to a wheeled cart... I was 7 years old at the time and wholly enamored with the idea of space travel... and watching the Challenger explode before my eyes... on live television.

I'm pretty sure that was the day I stopped wanting to be an astronaut. :(

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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:55 AM

What a sad day. I always wanted to be an astronaut, but alas a giant with glasses are not allowed on board.

The future will be interesting. More rovers and probes it sounds like. Here's images of the new rover for mars. The bastard has a laser and a "tricorder" for analyzing elements!
http://www.wired.co....s/rover-returns

It was totally worth the money. The zero g science alone was worth it. And Tang still kicks ass. In a society of under funded and under appreciated innovation the space program was the last beacon of light.

Regarding the manned portion - it's not bad the commercial companies are going at it. Virgin Galactic and their spaceport in New Mexico could be the start of something great! Unfortunately it's 200k for four minutes in space. Ah... lame. I want to be able to moon the ISS.

All the launches in school were given to pause.

The fondest memories were the data streaming back from Mars with the first rover. That gave me chills for the sheer magnitude of an accomplishment. The high-fives all around for Voyager 1 and 2 leaving our system (a past post of mine). That's damn amazing. The 486 processors that run the shuttle... space hardened!
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:38 AM

There she goes. I always have a sinking feeling in my gut hoping this won't start like the Challenger nor end like Columbia.
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:46 AM

too damn cloudy outside to actually see it... :(

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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:56 AM

I watched it live on CNN whilst getting my fat ass some food. I used to want to be an astronaut. It appears I've lost touch with my inner child. :(
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:57 AM

That's some bad ass ROI.

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It is true that, for every dollar we spend on the space program, the U.S. economy receives about $8 of economic benefit.

good read on benefits

Let's hope to getting out of low Earth orbit!
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 08:58 AM

Touching your inner child is still pedophilia.
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:05 AM

:/ Why can't I have anything, Beeny?
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:10 AM

Eh? I was just gone for 5 entire days. I refuse to be held responsible for your failure to take advantage of my absence.
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:15 AM

I listened to the shuttle launch on the radio while I drove back from a client. Twas awesome.

Forward Thrust!
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:16 AM

I think closing down manned space flights when other countries like China and India are growing their space programs is such a huge mistake. I understand that if we had to cut it in order for America to dig itself out of debt, but we know this is not the case.

Just think about it though, one discovery... JUST ONE... made in space can change the world. What if in space we make contact with another civilization and they show us how travel in time or travel at warp speed or give us replicators that we use to cure world hunger (Yeah I am a trek fan). Whoever makes that one discovery is going to dominate the world. I would like to think that America is still in the running. Do we want a communist country like China to make that discovery?

America wastes a lot of money on a lot of things, but the space program certainly wasn't one of them. To make a shuttle at the cost of a few bomber jets, I rather have the shuttle than those jets.

Just my opinion. :)
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:17 AM

I thought we were sending humans to mars in a few years. Did I hear/read that wrong?
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:26 AM

View Postskyhawk133, on 08 July 2011 - 07:42 AM, said:

What should we be focusing on?



Here's what we should be focusing on, we need to form a global empire, any country that refuses to join should be summarily eradicated and their resources taken by the empire. Then the empire needs to put all of the earth's efforts and resources into enabling the current international space station to give birth to an armada of mobile space stations with systems that allow a large population to occupy them indefinitely with no outside supply.
Then we burn up what precious little resources are left on Earth, load everyone onto the armada, and set about raping the entire universe. We would roam from planet to planet, processing each one to take whatever is of value and leave it a lifeless corpse. If we find other species, interactions would be simple: are they intelligent? Yes => Eradicate them and steal whatever useful technology they might have. No => Are they useful as food? Yes => Capture and eat them. No => Eradicate as necessary to allow harvesting of resources.

We could just continue doing this forever, or until we run into another species more badassed than us, and we'd never have to worry about any environments or ecosystems, just wipe them out, take what we want and move on!
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Re: Last Shuttle Flight - STS135 - T-Minus 38 Minutes

Posted 08 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

Pffsst.. that's what they all say. Leif Erikson said he would be right back; he just needed to swing home for a pack of smokes. It took Europe about five hundred years to come around again.
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