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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-25-06 10:54 PM
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13. for $1.1 billion/year?
sorry, but bullshit. the International Space Station, in near Earth orbit, can't be completed for anything less that $50 billion. A moon base will cost us at least, at least, $200 billion. maybe, if we're lucky. remember, it costs a billion dollars to send the Space Shuttle, already paid off, into near Earth orbit for a week.

NASA should be a scientific organization, first and foremost, not simply an exploration one. There is nothing really to be learned from sending people to the moon, and since fuel is the major limitation on space travel (besides time, which we can't change right now) and there is no fuel to be found on the Moon, it's not helpful for a trip to Mars. It's not even all that much closer.

There is no science that can be done with humans at this time that can't be done cheaper, safer and more reliably with machines. Let's take care of this planet before we start looking for a place to emmigrate, shall we?
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  -NASA: New spacecraft by 2011 jerry611  Apr-25-06 09:19 PM   #0 
  - why are we going back to the moon, again?  northzax   Apr-25-06 09:28 PM   #1 
  - Big projects.  Ready4Change   Apr-25-06 09:36 PM   #2 
  - Because we use the Moon as a stepping stone  jerry611   Apr-25-06 09:48 PM   #3 
     - I believe that it has nothing to do with going to Mars and everything  ladjf   Apr-25-06 09:55 PM   #6 
     - Arsenal of Hypocrisy! Excellent film  soothsayer   Apr-25-06 09:59 PM   #7 
     - What was the difference with the Soviets then?  jerry611   Apr-25-06 10:02 PM   #9 
        - I didn't say that I was opposed to exploring space. I predicted  ladjf   Apr-25-06 10:13 PM   #10 
     - for $1.1 billion/year?  northzax   Apr-25-06 10:54 PM   #13 
  - Complete waste of tax payer dollars. Pay down the debt with this money!  flashdebadge   Apr-25-06 09:49 PM   #4 
  - I completely disagree  jerry611   Apr-25-06 10:00 PM   #8 
     - before we can pay down the debt..we need to have a surplus!  flaminbats   Apr-25-06 10:46 PM   #12 
  - It won't happen by 2011. The last true innovation in flight was the  ladjf   Apr-25-06 09:50 PM   #5 
  - 2011 seems really ambitious unless they re-cycle designs.  steely   Apr-25-06 10:43 PM   #11 

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