Re: Ping Daryl about space exploration.
- From: Daryl Hunt <dhunt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:36:17 -0600
On 10/15/2010 11:21 AM, Ken S. Tucker wrote:
On Oct 14, 6:19 pm, Daryl Hunt<dh...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:On 10/14/2010 6:19 PM, Ken S. Tucker wrote:
Setting aside politics, and considering this article from
about the CnC's decision, do you think it's fair?
I just wanted to give credit to the pioneers that came before.
You seem to have your ear to the ground on US national
issues making you a sort of well informed person.
Let's look at it from a Moderates (really bad word these days) POV.
First of all, this article is very political. It has some good
points and some real BS in it. It's Ultra Right Wing. But like
the Bible says, "Even fool has a message".
Colonialization: Or AntiC. What the devil has that to do with
just Obama. The International Space Station predates him ever
being in office of any kind. It's like the Universe stops at the
Moon. And we have all the money and talent we will ever need to
put the US flag on the entire universe. Wasn't that stopped when
we reached the Pacific and took in NM, Arizona and California?
Didn't we give back the PI and a host of other colonials that
were costing us big bucks to keep?
Now, I disagree with taking away NASA from being a fore front
leader in space exploration. While NASA has made some bonehead
mistakes, overall, its' been good for the US in terms of
expanding our standard of living, i.e. microwaves to just name one.
The old adage of "If you can't lead or follow, get the hell out
of the way" doesn't apply here. The US has to lead. Otherwise,
we end up becoming just another third world country. We aren't
far from that now.
We need to be able to get our own stuff and people into orbit and
beyond. Why are we paying someone else to do it for us. There
are too many systems that can be brought onto line in the next 10
years that the US is the leader in. Should we just turn it over
to everyone else and then pay them for us to use the systems WE
Now on to the Muslim angle. Yes, I want to see more Muslims
involved in the US Space Program. US Muslims in space. And we
will have Jews in space, Catholics in space, Hindus in space but
they should be American put there by the Americans.
Most of that article is very Ultra Right Wing and delves way too
much on what they think Obama has done, is doing and will do.
It's as stupid as still going on about Bush who is quietly
enjoying his long vacation in Texas now.
While we are at it, let's export even more jobs. That seems to
be the trend for the last 40 years. Mine went overseas and they
bungle it every day they try and do it. But, hey, that's
progress. Why not export the entire space program while we are
at it. I am sure the out of work American Scientists that choose
to stay in the US will appreciate that. They already do.
In another thread you implied you thought the bean counters were
squeezing the military and manned space program, they may be
related in that advancements from one feeds the other.
I think the wind is blowing to robotics, in space craft and combat
UAV's, so it may be that manned vehicles have zenithed (?).
From my chair, I see electronic innovation accelerating.
A UAV or Robotic craft can operate with less power and doesn't need an elaborate system to keep humans alive. That's quite a weight savings. Unless something comes up that is out of it's programming (and it always does) the human factor is necessary. Look how long it took them to get the Mars exploration vehicle out of that little sand trap it was in.
Robotics can do the initial research but sooner or later, humans will have to be there. Unless there is a huge breakthrough in Robotics, the humans will always have to be there.
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