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Kutjara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-07-06 09:51 PM
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1. Is anyone else a little depressed that the great dream of...
...manned spaceflight has degenerated into an orbital version of 'Pimp My Ride?' It seems like the only reason they're sending the shuttle up anymore is so they'll have something to fix when they get up there. Meanwhile, the Space Station has been scaled back to the point that it can't accomodate the number of people it takes to both maintain it and perform useful science, so again it's turned into just another expensive fixer-upper.

When I was a child in the late 60s, sitting mesmerized as humanity took its first steps on another world, I thought alot about what the future would be like. Never in my wildest imaginings did I think it would be about sanding gap filler and replacing batteries.
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  -CNN/AP: NASA examines pictures of shuttle's heat shield DeepModem Mom  Jul-07-06 09:37 PM   #0 
  - Is anyone else a little depressed that the great dream of...  Kutjara   Jul-07-06 09:51 PM   #1 
  - I did have to edit out much of this article because of DU rules...  DeepModem Mom   Jul-07-06 09:58 PM   #2 
  - "The Future ain't what it used to be"  ThoughtCriminal   Jul-07-06 10:01 PM   #3 
  - They promised us moonbases and flying cars.  onehandle   Jul-08-06 09:27 AM   #7 
  - I know. But I think this is inevitable.  MGKrebs   Jul-07-06 10:02 PM   #4 
  - Let's go fully automated  LiberalPartisan   Jul-07-06 10:06 PM   #5 
     - I'm all for continuing human-led missions...  regnaD kciN   Jul-08-06 02:05 AM   #6 
  - VOA: NASA to Decide if Shuttle Needs In-Orbit Repairs  Eugene   Jul-09-06 04:20 PM   #8 
  - See, this is a bad thing.  PerceptionManagement   Jul-09-06 04:28 PM   #9 
  - So, there's a spot on the nose that MIGHT be a hole....  dicksteele   Jul-09-06 05:04 PM   #10 
  - Billy Bragg, "The Space Race Is Over"  Minstrel Boy   Jul-09-06 05:21 PM   #11 
  - Sad. Thanks for posting, Minstrel Boy. nt  DeepModem Mom   Jul-09-06 05:52 PM   #12 
  - freakin' cardboard and baling-wire space program. what happened to our  truthisfreedom   Jul-09-06 07:09 PM   #13 
  - We shipped our space program to Iraq in the form of bombs.  Tesha   Jul-10-06 06:21 AM   #14 
  - A bit of an improvement  symbolman   Jul-10-06 07:21 AM   #15 
 

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