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Sat May 30, 2020, 06:22 PM

So I guess the space shot is not going to bring us together right???

It did back in the 60ís. Or may-be I was so young in the 60ís that during the war riots the space launch kinda made me forget about all the distraction and hatred of our government back then.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:28 PM

1. Why would it? I couldn't care less about it - what's the purpose?

Is it to get set up for mining the moon? Is it to funnel government money to private interests? Is it to crank up trump's damn Space Force?

I'm not a fan of any of those things, so fuck the damn space shot.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #1)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:30 PM

2. I know......just wanted to get over all the heartbreak....the virus, the death,

Ok, ok, ok, Iím done....Iím just trying to escape this shit that is tRump.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #2)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:35 PM

4. Sorry, I'm in Minnesota in tears over the death of George Floyd, & destruction in the Twin Cities.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #1)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:55 PM

7. +1

Same thoughts here. This is billionaires showing off. Who cares. And I csnrrmbercehere I was when the first space shuttle landed. And I was devoted to walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra. This? Meh!

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:31 PM

3. There are too many other things here on earth demanding our attention

Like "Is my city going to burn?" or "Is it just a cough?" and "What's that damned fool up to NOW?!?!"

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:37 PM

5. The moon landing was very cool and everybody was fascinated and excited

- for about a day. After it was over the much bigger deal of the Vietnam war, which affected a whole lot more people, was the big issue that continued to occupy our attention for several more years. It even got worse after Kent State. The moon landing did not bring the country together; and today's launch, which was also cool but didn't even involve nearly as much of a technological leap, will not bring us together at all. I watched it this afternoon, thought, "Oh, that was nice, glad it went well," then went back to worrying about what might happen in my city of Minneapolis tonight. I had to secure my trash cans and get my garden hose ready in case the rioters come to my neighborhood. I have basically forgotten about the launch and don't care much about it.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:38 PM

6. The civil rights movement and Vietnam were being fought at the same time as the Apollo program. n/t

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 06:59 PM

8. Couldn't care less

We have more pressing problems than having 45 fly down there twice this week after stirring the pot yesterday.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 07:33 PM

9. No, but those 2 guys...

Couldn't have picked a better time to leave the planet

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 07:50 PM

10. It brought my family together, virtually.

I'll have to admit, I had a lump in my throat. It felt like this. The anticipation, the thrill, and the pride in seeing NASA putting American's back in space, moved me. Others were more emotional, some took it for granted. I didn't.

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Response to ffr (Reply #10)

Sat May 30, 2020, 08:02 PM

11. Thank you, I felt the same way.......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 09:34 PM

12. My wife and I watched it together, along with a few other friends and relations virtually online.

I don't share Elon Musk's enthusiasm for manned space exploration (or automobiles, electric and otherwise) but my grandfather was an Apollo Project engineer and I honor that.

When my wife and I had just started dating one of our first dates was a visit to the Galeleo spacecraft at JPL. Turns out we both liked rockets, and we both knew various people working at JPL... which was like a wonderful surprise and coincidence. We do have our differences. My wife would love to visit the International Space Station. I hate flying of any sort, and would be even more reluctant to ride a rocket, so in that sense opposites do attract.

I've got to say the recovery of the Falcon first stage, landing tail first, is always a big thrill. I'm pretty sure that's how my grandfather imagined the future would look like when he joined the Army Air Corp so he could get the hell out of Cheyenne Wyoming.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sat May 30, 2020, 09:45 PM

13. NASA didn't bring everyone together

I'm white and grew up on Air Force bases, so any connection between the space program and domestic issues was totally lost on me at the time.

However, the AA community felt the program was wasteful. So did many other Americans. (I was going into 8th grade, when we landed on the moon, so government spending was not something that registered in my juvenile brain)

His sign leaves me speechless...It was only $12 a day to feed the astronauts??? And he's not adding up all the other costs of these expeditions??? They could feed at least a million kids a day for what they spent on a NASA mission!!!



https://www.space.com/apollo-11-launch-protest-poverty.html

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