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Steven Weinberg wrote:
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
Good luck telling the cut taxes and reduce all expenditure except that which lines our pockets GOP crowd that space research is important.
Space is less important than the specter of terrorism and killing other people.
Properly funding NASA would cost 3 cents on the dollar, whereas defense costs in excess of 30 cents on the dollar.
People often make the mistaken assumption that trips to space is NASA's only purpose. Let's not forget some of the amazing things NASA has developed, or all the unsung projects that teach us more about the universe every year.
I think this statement is pretty fucking narrow-minded and naive, at best. I am registered as a Republican as far as political party is concerned
Wasn't talking defense (which I think we need to put MORE into)
If you're not of G+, then you missed this excellent eulogy of sorts to the space program from Thrax:
Nasa should be very proud of what they have accomplished. The shuttle is a 30 year old vehicle, it's time to move on to the next thing. Plasma rockets are going to take us to Mars and beyond, and those are going to take a lot of time and money to develop. I think it would be a worthwhile investment in putting off manned spaceflight for the next 10 years to design something that will last us another 30 years.
@Gattsu: Plasma drive is a nice technology for space travel, but isn't suitable for getting us out of Earth's gravity well. We need to come up with a better and cheaper system than chemical rockets for getting to LEO, but AFAIK, plasma drive doesn't provide enough thrust to do that.
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