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What is next for the US Space Program?

Drue-AFCL 2012/09/22 02:15:27
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  • Quazimoto 2012/09/26 13:49:42
    Undecided
    Quazimoto
    All the money that was going to the space programs is going to foreign countries that hate us. Your government at work for you.
  • Bronar 2012/09/24 15:13:21
    I don't know
    Bronar
    Nor do I care. I feel it is a waste of money, especially when we have to borrow from China to pay such bills.
  • T. James H 2012/09/23 16:03:21
  • EddyGee53 2012/09/23 06:32:47 (edited)
  • Matt 2012/09/22 21:33:42
    This. . . . . .
    Matt
    +1
    More "weaponization".
    space weaponization weaponization
  • endthefed.soundmoney 2012/09/22 18:40:40
    I don't know
    endthefed.soundmoney
    +2
    Only time will tell if the USA will still be the USA once we all fall over the financial cliff. NASA could be no more.
  • ehrhornp 2012/09/22 18:25:21
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    ehrhornp
    +1
    Don't know if this would be the next but a trip to Europa.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/09/22 16:38:04
    This. . . . . .
    Rebel Yell
    +2
    I am not far from NASA and have friends who work there. They say it is lower orbit exploration and robotic development. The robots developed by NASA are so sophisticated they can perform thousands of tasks. They will be our first Mars astronauts.
  • mikeyavelli 2012/09/22 16:30:41
    I don't know
    mikeyavelli
    +1
    i'd like to see obama in orbit.
  • endthef... mikeyav... 2012/09/22 18:39:02
    endthefed.soundmoney
    I like to see Obama, Mitt and all of congress in Orbit!
  • Todayisgoingtobegreat 2012/09/22 14:46:05
    I don't know
    Todayisgoingtobegreat
    +1
    They are still doing the Mars stuff, so I am going to assume they will cont. with that, maybe some private funding will help
  • Mark 2012/09/22 11:06:04
    This. . . . . .
    Mark
    +1
    A daring raid into Nanhui
  • Prophet 2012/09/22 10:54:49
    This. . . . . .
    Prophet
    +1
    NASA Will be closed and converted into an Islamic International Learning Center. If this president has his way if you have not heard the news. And yes I am serious. He says an International Learning Center. But look closely, do your research and the truth you will find.
  • mich52 2012/09/22 06:02:07
  • les_gvt 2012/09/22 05:50:44
    This. . . . . .
    les_gvt
    +1
    Obama and Michelle pilot a one way trip to Uranus
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2012/09/22 03:37:13
    This. . . . . .
    sick'n'tired PWCM
    +2
    Obama and the muslim bro'hood will concur the moon and convert all moonies to islam?
  • Patriot Unit 2012/09/22 03:33:19
    Undecided
    Patriot Unit
    +1
    What Space Program, Obama cut it just like he is expecting to cut and gut our Military.
  • Farnsworth 2012/09/22 03:32:38
    This. . . . . .
    Farnsworth
  • David 2012/09/22 03:32:33
    I don't know
    David
    +1
    But one might hope that NASA withers on the vine and private enterprise is allowed to flourish. NASA evolved into a "type 2 bureaucracy" and has become a drug on space development. I could hope for the institution of prizes for milestones, though. The good thing about such things is that they'd encourage private enterprise development but would cost nothing unless the terms of the prize were fulfilled. The potential downside would be... government bureaucracy and the potential for graft, corruption and the twisting of the purpose of offering prizes into the manufacture of "golden Solyndrachutes," or "Boondoggles for Cronies".
    _____________________________...

    "Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":

    "First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

    "Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers un...

    But one might hope that NASA withers on the vine and private enterprise is allowed to flourish. NASA evolved into a "type 2 bureaucracy" and has become a drug on space development. I could hope for the institution of prizes for milestones, though. The good thing about such things is that they'd encourage private enterprise development but would cost nothing unless the terms of the prize were fulfilled. The potential downside would be... government bureaucracy and the potential for graft, corruption and the twisting of the purpose of offering prizes into the manufacture of "golden Solyndrachutes," or "Boondoggles for Cronies".
    _____________________________...

    "Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people":

    "First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.

    "Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.

    "The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization."
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  • flrdsgns 2012/09/22 03:32:02 (edited)
    I don't know
    flrdsgns
    +2
    I don't know, but I sure hope they don't let it just die out. Endeavor fly by 9 21 12
  • mich52 flrdsgns 2012/09/22 06:10:42
  • flrdsgns mich52 2012/09/22 13:10:29
    flrdsgns
    +1
    It's only Socialism if a Democrat is President. If a Republican is President, it must be for the good of the country. Tea party people are nothing if not transparently one sided.
  • Trader1 is kerbonkin' 2012/09/22 03:02:12
    This. . . . . .
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    +2
    Nowhere I'm guessing. At least for the near future.

    We put a man on the moon and had a look around, then spent the next 30 years circling the earth. We've lost the drive and courage to take risks and put life on the line for the next step.

    Discovering the unknown is always risky and sometimes people die. We seem to be unwilling to let those who would take that risk, take the risk.
  • Chibi Guru Z 2012/09/22 02:58:48
    This. . . . . .
    Chibi Guru Z
    +1
    Now let's find Harry Reid's tax returns! Neptune, maybe?
  • Red_Horse 2012/09/22 02:57:57
  • Zippcodey 2012/09/22 02:56:08
    This. . . . . .
    Zippcodey
    +1
    Just ask Russia that's where it went to. Just another part of the World Order sharing from one country to another, while the demise of the United States is happening before your very eyes and people don't get what is going on.
  • Drue-AFCL Zippcodey 2012/09/22 02:58:40
  • Zippcodey Drue-AFCL 2012/09/22 03:02:04
    Zippcodey
    +1
    That's part of it, but gets a lot deeper.
  • Drue-AFCL Zippcodey 2012/09/22 03:06:21
  • Zippcodey Drue-AFCL 2012/09/22 03:12:29
    Zippcodey
    +1
    LOL, that's the end game, but who really is making things happen to rule the world from Jerusalem and will be the head of the One World Government?
  • Max 2012/09/22 02:49:27
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    Max
    +1
    We shoot for the stars.
  • Drue-AFCL Max 2012/09/22 02:50:42
    Drue-AFCL
    +1
    With guns?
  • mich52 Drue-AFCL 2012/09/22 06:11:47
  • Max Drue-AFCL 2012/09/22 15:20:51
    Max
    Guns may be all we have left after the politicians finish emptying our treasury, but there are people putting their imagination to work. Here's an example and a link:

    …"Jemison is heading the 100 Year Starship initiative, which aims to mount a mission to another star within 100 years. Toward that end, scientists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines gathered for a public symposium here from Sept. 13 to 16 to discuss the motivations, challenges and possible solutions for pursuing interstellar spaceflight. "

    http://www.space.com/17617-in...
  • Denny 2012/09/22 02:34:56
    I don't know
    Denny
    +2
    Still looking for that Muslim that led us to where we were in the Space Race. Until we find one we don't have a space program.
  • k fleming 2012/09/22 02:34:48
    This. . . . . .
    k fleming
    +2
    Private organizations, putting pressure to keep private spaceflight as unregulated as possible, making bigger and faster strides than ever thought possible, once profitable ventures are found.
  • Trader1... k fleming 2012/09/22 03:04:25
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    Sounds great and feasible, but I have a feeling the government would step in to keep the enterprises within acceptable risks. And since acceptable risks don't include loss of life .....
  • k fleming Trader1... 2012/09/23 03:01:33
    k fleming
    +1
    Frankly I don't think the government has to do anything at this point, people (customers) are highly cautious of spaceflight, one mix up and no more customers.
    they'll make sure their investment is safe without the government making sure for them.
  • Trader1... k fleming 2012/09/23 07:25:19
    Trader1 is kerbonkin'
    I was referring to the testing phases. Private enterprise still has a long way to go to get flights into space and I think the government would put so many restrictions on them that companies would face almost impossible odds. Also, the public would scream about any accident that at this point, I just can't see what company would be willing to take the risks.

    Hope I'm wrong though, hard to imagine the US without a space program.
  • Concerned Citizen 2012/09/22 02:34:04
    I don't know
    Concerned Citizen
    +2
    Not sure,...especially with ovomit trashing the entire space program. Probably would be best to steer clear of Mars!

    martians  america to go home

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