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When the Shuttle Atlantis launched Friday ...

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I just listened, on TV or the radio.
  1879 votes / 10%
I watched, but no big production.
  3283 votes / 18%
I hosted / attended a (remote) event to celebrate.
  254 votes / 1%
I was in Florida to watch it in person.
  288 votes / 1%
I was on board.
  1968 votes / 11%
Bah, humbug --Waste of tax dollars and fuel!
  1251 votes / 7%
There was another shuttle launch?
  8518 votes / 48%
17441 total votes.
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  • Re:A sad day (Score:4, Interesting)

    by couchslug (175151) on Saturday July 09, 2011 @11:32AM (#36704708)

    The early Cold War Space Race was driven by penis-waving (not that genital displays are a bad thing) and while putting men in space quickly was a captivating public benchmark, it's not the best way to EXPLORE space.

    Humans are merely machine operators, and we need (on Earth and in space) machines which don't need on-site human tenders.

    We can get a lot more accomplished and EVOLVE systems more quickly if we don't concentrate on shipping meat early on. Let commercial outfits ship the cattle, but do science with robots and remotely-manned systems first because we need them as building blocks.

    When people and wooden ships were totally expendable, the manned model made sense. That was on Earth. People are now functionally worth FAR LESS than the hardware required to launch and return them. That makes them a burden. We can, instead, send machines for the dull, dangerous job of exploration. Machines can be expendable, we don't need them back.

  • Re:A sad day (Score:4, Interesting)

    by FishTankX (1539069) on Monday July 11, 2011 @03:50AM (#36717812)

    I just thought i'd toss this out there, but there is another inhabitable planet in the solar system. Venus.

    At first glance this may sound positively absurd. Acidic atmosphere, ultra high pressures, temperatures that could flash fry you in a second.

    But what's really interesting is that part of what makes venus uninhabitable (ultra high pressure) also makes it a prime candidate for colonization.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonizing_Venus#Aerostat_habitats_and_floating_cities [wikipedia.org]

    Venus, at an altitude of around 50km, has comparable qualities to earth.The gravity is similar, the atmospheric pressure is similar, and the temperatures are similar. This means that we could make colonies with normal earth air (which is a strong lifting gas in the veneutian atmosphere). Since the pressure inside and outside the balloon is similar, if a leak was sprung you'd merely repair it as quickly as possible,since leaks would only result in mixing at normal atmospheric rates.It's also been suggested that more habitats could be built out of carbon sifted from the CO2 atmosphere.

    So there are 2 possible planets in the solar system that can be colonized. You could probably power the colony by solar, wind, or nuclear and already being 50km above the surface it'd be much easier to escape the gravity well. Venus is also closer to earth.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles

 



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