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Watch The Last Ever Endeavor Space Shuttle Take Off Ever

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One part of space history comes to a close. The shuttle will blast off from Kennedy Space Station any second. It will be Endeavour's 25th and last ever mission.


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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 08:59 | 1278700 falling_knife
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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:04 | 1278715 BeerGoggles
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Won;t be USA for much longer when China invade and destroy all the people.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:19 | 1278771 HellFish
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This above might me the single stupidest comment even seen on ZH.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:22 | 1278782 SheepDog-One
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Yea, until it becomes reality.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:22 | 1279057 LowProfile
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Congratulations, you just took top spot.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 15:22 | 1280263 Buckaroo Banzai
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I'm sure if you asked anyone in 1931 what the odds were that a debt-riddled and depression-bound Germany would start a world war before the end of the decade, they would have said, "zero percent".

China is in a much better position today than Germany was in 1931. Don't rule anything out.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:21 | 1278779 Broomer
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Why would anyone waste resources destroying America if they are doing it themselves?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:23 | 1278787 Dental Floss Tycoon
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You forgot your meds again.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:35 | 1278839 Sudden Debt
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We'll soon be able to buy souvenirs on Ebay again!

Pieces of the astronauts are quite valuable they say.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:56 | 1278915 writingsonthewall
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This is the last US shuttle you'll see going into space for sometime I feel. The idea that the private sector is going to take up this role is a joke.


NASA was the one good piece of centrally planned Government that actually worked - mimicing the progress the Soviet space program made in the 60's.

Without contral planning man would never have got to the moon (conspiracies aside) - and would the world be a better place without knowing that we are one of the few (if not the only) creature alive to land on another mass in space?


Private companies will send rich men on jollies to orbit the earth for a few moments - they will never have the incentive to achieve the great things NASA has done in the past.

It's a sad day.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:24 | 1279008 TheTmfreak
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I'm going to give the typical, but still reasonable argument against your statements.


A. The things "achieved" by going to space have/had the ability to be economical and therefore a solid investment for private interests. (Therefore the government stepped in where private interests could have existed)

Edit: Scientific patents/research is economical enough to justify development and investment. Also I think the "rich men jollies" is reasonable enough for people to invest in it. Once invested in that, I'm sure research and whatever "Great things" could be accomplished for as cheap, or cheaper.


B. There was no reasonable value achieved by going and the government wasted money and have assisted in the brainwashing of millions/billions into thinking of it as more than it is.  

I believe A. It seems to me that you contradictorally (edit: are forced to) believe in B. You say that central planning "actually worked this time" but then seemingly assume that the private sector would only act as a ferry for rich men. At the beginning of the space race how was it ANYTHING different? Oh, they weren't rich and weren't entreprenuers they were government clowns and the military. Thats greater?

In general your arguments for the achievements of central planning are extremely poor and in my opinion absolutely do not touch on "private sector couldn't do this."

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:44 | 1279142 jmc8888
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No, they're just cheap.

Our economy isn't about anything real, just fake.

Thus real investments for real outcomes is not necessary.

Of course in reality, it IS neccessary, so we're just fucking the cow out in the pasture on this one.  Without lube!

No money except for bailouts, because we have no Glass-Steagall

Thus Nero and his anti-science gang are closing it down. Because the fake economy is all that matters.

Without confronting the challenges of space and overcoming them, mankind will not be able to continue on it's present path. 

Obama wants to come to the last launch? Seriously he better bring security.  NASA people have gone psycho before (and likewise where an idiot owner goes to a plant he's about to shutter), and here he is, about to end manned space flight by the U.S. and basically have NASA shuttered (yes rovers don't count), and it doesn't occur to him that someone might get pissed off at him?

Private sector is a fucking joke with space.  Besides do we really want to have space all about the Federal Reserve Note?  Only NASA can lead the way, not idiot Richard Branson and his little plastic toy from a 1930's Buck Rogers serial (that 50 years after manned space flight, can only take people to suborbit).

Please hold your applause, because that's no NASA Saturn V (SUV), that's a Virgin Galactic Space Ship Two (Electric Scooter).

Forget about any scientific progress, which of course means no significant progress in what ails mankind.  Which means the pressure placed upon man increases, meaning (in effect) all hell will break loose. 

Lack of Resources? Should of funded Nasa

Lack of Energy? Should of funded Nasa

Radiation? Should of funded Nasa

Need stronger materials? Should of funded Nasa

The list goes on and on and on.  That tap, is over.

Thanks Bush, Big Ben, Queen of England, your syphilitic infected bankster monetarism, and Barack 'the limp chicken cock' NerObama. 

Who should be at the lead of a Manhattan project involving fusion? That's right, NASA.  But look we can't add that to NASA's other duties.  Instead we have to strip everything away from NASA, at a time when we need it most.

NASA is more important to the human race now than it was to the U.S. versus Russia in cold war terms, in the '60's.

We didn't need NASA then to survive.

We do NEED Nasa NOW to survive.

Good thing it's history, and those few billion saved will allow another auction or two to occur to pay back fraud which can never be fully paid off.  Oh yes destroy another 'real' thing for fraudulent, fake, debt that can be wiped away from existence at any time.

Glass-Steagall, and lets celebrate the last fraudulent debt payment, rather than the last manned launch(es) of Nasa.

Don't think the two are connected? In a previous life you must have been a tobacco executive.  Which is also the type of spin we are getting about the space program, and how we don't need it, or this or that.  Grade A Bullshit, spouted by your neigborhood chapter of the Ministry of Truth.

Nasa or die.

Glass-Steagall or die.

No other alternative.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:06 | 1279208 TheTmfreak
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Troll much?

I love the nonsensical of this post. "I should consult my ministry of truth" eh? As one is arguing for more government monies and control...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:58 | 1279179 PrintingPress
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Get yourself a tissue and quit crying.   Private companies are the next phase in space and are capable of getting us to the space station.   When you mention space rides for rich people you're referring to Richard Bransons space program. 


Central planning?  What a moron. 

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:07 | 1279213 TheTmfreak
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Yeah no kidding. If he is so sad about it and think its such a "great thing" why doesn't he just start up his own private comp..... never mind. I guess there is no value in great things?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:57 | 1279266 GoinFawr
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Space travel: yet another awesome example of the public purse laying all the expensive groundwork soon to be followed by the private sector appropriating state sponsored innovation for pennies on the dollar (or less), with the largest benefits going to the uber wealthy; yay!

`Free for those who can afford it; very expensive for those who cannot`

Surrounded by Rubes.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:00 | 1278706 Dan The Man
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I feel old...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:06 | 1278973 Drag Racer
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tell me about it. I got scolded for slapping the side of a Saturn V before it launched...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:32 | 1279100 CPL
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Me too, NASA was the reason I became an Engineer....sigh...looks like that's done.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 08:58 | 1278709 augie
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can't wait till we don't even need spaceships.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:04 | 1278720 digalert
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We don't, thanks to Barama. From now on we'll be hitchin rides with the Ruskies...if they let us tag along.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 23:19 | 1281785 Real Estate Geek
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We didn't need the shuttle. It was made to construct and then support the space station, which was made to provide a destination for the shuttle.  The station wasn't put in an efficient logical orbit for science; it was put in a useless shit orbit solely for political reasons.

Except for a couple of high profile missions (e.g. Hubble repair),  the shuttle didn't do anything that a Saturn couldn't have done better.  (And without pissing away all of the money on the shuttle & space station, they could have afforded to replace the Hubble instead of repairing it.)

We should have gone to Mars.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:01 | 1278710 achmachat
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the pinnacle of technology!

developed in the 1970s!

remember when the US were the Great Nation?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:06 | 1278729 oogs66
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People used to fail in America.  The competition made it great.  Now no one fails, so there is no great success.  So many people keep talking about having another 'sputnik' moment, or how we will recover from the recession, because we have done it before.  Well guess what, it was done through hard work, not on the types of policies we are now engaged in.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:48 | 1278874 ibjamming
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Bravo!  Someone get's it!

In order to have "everyone equal", we've condemned ourselves to a slow death.  So, thank the women, the blacks, the browns for our demise...  "Civil rights" destroyed us!

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:09 | 1278997 MilleniumJane
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You've gotta be!

Go back to your cave in North Idaho and curl up with a cup of chamomile and Mein Kampf you jackass.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:35 | 1279101 ibjamming
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Let's COMPARE the quality of life in N Idaho...with that of...oh, say Newark?  East LA?  Oakland?  WATTS?  Harlem?


Blacks/brows suck...and everywhere they congregate sucks!  I'm waiting for the "rapture" to take them all away!  Everywhere I go is nice until the blacks/browns show up...then it goes to shit!


Women should be a home, raising their own children...not pawning their "education" off on Rosalita, the illiterate, illegal, Mexican.  All for what?  Another SUV, a bigger TV, another iphone?


Civil rights destroyed this country...



Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:14 | 1279237 achmachat
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bitter much?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:29 | 1280511 Hephasteus
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Ahh fuck you. I like black and brown people and if you start kkking them I'll shoot ya in the dick.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:10 | 1278743 Dan The Man
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everyone started with nothing...and got nothing unless you earned it.  now, people are born with so many entitlements.  being handed stuff just gets in your blood after a while.  

that's why i don't want/need anything from my gov't.  they're all just in the way.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:24 | 1278800 snowball777
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You mean when taxes (and hippies) were high, GIs could actually go to school after serving, and we had yet to destroy the labor unions?


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:40 | 1278850 Manthong
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Another first for Obama.. the first time since the US became capable of manned space flight that the US became incapable of putting a man in space.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:22 | 1279053 MilleniumJane
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I agree that this is such a sad day in our history.  I remember getting up early and watching the launches before school in the early eighties.  The USA seemed able to accomplish anything and my eight-year-old mind marveled at the possibilities.   

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:49 | 1279155 ibjamming
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You again?

The GREAT things all happened BEFORE "civil rights" came about and destroyed everything that was great about this country.  Think about it...  What NEW technology has been invented since the 60s?  None.  You can't count the internet was "invented" long before it became popular with the citizens.


When you have quotas...everything just goes to shit.  And quotas were developed to give women and blacks/brows an "equal chance"...God forbid they actually WORK to get what they want.  But you see...women and blacks/browns only know how to be leeches.  Women suck off of men's productivity...and so do the blacks/browns.


Where would "single mothers" be without welfare?  Without MEN paying their way?  Blacks/browns are easier to see...look a Somalia for an example of "blacks running their own lives".


White MEN brought you the space program...women and blacks/browns took it away as the cost of supporting them all drug us into the gutter.  Sometimes a people ARE to blame for a countries downfall.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 08:59 | 1278712 Long-John-Silver
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It's a good thing the Russians provide Taxi service to orbit.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 08:59 | 1278713 Putty
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I still think it's cool to watch.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:04 | 1278719 JimBobOMG
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When is the launch?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:08 | 1278739 Cognitive Dissonance
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Seven minutes ago and counting.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:04 | 1278722 Dan The Man
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too damn many NASA speculators out there, making space travel too expensive for us porrer nations.  we should do something about that.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:02 | 1278725 dwdollar
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NASA's primary mission is now the study of climate change!

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:21 | 1278775 HellFish
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Don't forget muslim outreach too.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:23 | 1279271 Transformer
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But of course, they're pretty good at making hoaxes look good.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:05 | 1278727 ZackAttack
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The shuttle takeoff appears ponderously slow when you see them on camera, but when you're out there observing from the island 12 miles away, once it clears the gantry, it's like God's own bottle rocket.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:18 | 1278773 Nate Taggart
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It was a nice one this morning.  Good view from the pier.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:06 | 1278730 John Law Lives
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Was the space shuttle program a success or failure?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:35 | 1278840 ZackAttack
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I don't think there's any construal under which it could be said to have lived up to its promise - of providing a cheap, reusable transit to space.

What was the highlight of the program? Repairing Hubble?

In the meantime, we have the unmanned MRO mapping Mars to the pixel and placed a pair of rovers there, landed Cassini on Titan, propelled Stardust with an ion engine to a comet, orbited Ulysses around the sun, put Galileo in orbit around Jupiter, put the Kepler space telescope in orbit to search for earthlike worlds...


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:09 | 1278989 ZakuKommander
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Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:04 | 1278737 Oh regional Indian
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Such an egrigous display of all the wrong things with tech-no-logical advancement.

All wrong, explosive, dangerous. And look at us in space. In huge suits, clumsy, withering.

Can't fix what's here, let's take it to Mars. 

i'll call Humbug on this one. It represents the huge failure, not in the technology itself but the direction that it has taken.

Plus, NASA has hidden more than it has revealed. 


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:29 | 1278806 speedy
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And what exactly has NASA hidden?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:33 | 1278835 Oh regional Indian
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Start here speedy:

Then do some digging around on that site. Branch out, like the Dravidians.

What you find might blow yer mind. Or not.

I'll say it again though, NASA is not for/of or by the people. And hides far more than it reveals.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:50 | 1278888 Dapper Dan
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Speaking of hiding more than revealing.

Meltdown may have occurred also at Nos. 2, 3 reactors

TOKYO, May 16, Kyodo

An adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Monday that the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had failed to inject water into the Nos. 2 and 3 reactors for more than six hours after the March 11 massive earthquake and ensuing tsunami.

But we here at ZH already knew that.


Radiation:  It only cost $5 to put back in the ground!

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:35 | 1278838 Crumbles
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Oh Bullshit -

Instead of trashing it all,  take a moment to reflect how far we have come since Sputnik.

Go Baby, Go - proud to be an American today.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:13 | 1278748 Dan The Man
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no way the space program paid for itself.


not THAT much tang is sold every year.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:51 | 1278892 Sudden Debt
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I don't know...

that merchandising stuff isn't cheap.

15$ for a Nasa coffee mug, 10$ for a poster...


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:16 | 1278754 wandstrasse
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the space program ends because nobody on the moon or anywhere else in the orbit wants to take loans.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:16 | 1278756 Dan The Man
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is there GLD/SLV on the moon?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:39 | 1278853 Broomer
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They don't have paper metals on the Moon.

Now seriously, most likely no. Metals are concentrated in most cases by water activity. Volcanic activity also concentrates some metals, and long ago the Moon was geologically active. But I don't know is this activity concentrates gold and silver; you will need to ask a geologist.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 23:34 | 1281826 Real Estate Geek
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Even immediately before Apollo 11, NASA was starting to cut the budget.  (The equipment has long lead time requirements and the goal was about to be achieved.)

While training for Apollo 11, Michael Collins jokingly suggested to Buzz Aldrin that Aldrin sprinkle some gold dust on the rock samples he was to acquire, to ensure continued funding for the program!

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:19 | 1278783 mogul rider
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Gee kinda look like a metaphor for the silver bullet the pumping trolls were pumping around here.

I wonder when the fibo cross happens for this parabolic silver rocket takes hold.



Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:23 | 1278784 SheepDog-One
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What good did all this money spent on the space shuttle ever do us? Anyone know?

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:31 | 1278827 Sathington Willougby
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The upside was they weren't using all that technology for surveillance of the population.

Now back to earth.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:35 | 1278828 Oh regional Indian
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Exactly SD1. Exactly. But everyone is so enamoured of "rocket scientists and brain surgeons" that they cannot see beyond the brilliant white flare and the noise.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:36 | 1278842 Cognitive Dissonance
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You know it is, or was, a make work project when the primary reason various Senators and Reps gave and failed to keep it going was the jobs that would be lost.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:48 | 1278889 Oh regional Indian
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yup CD. Pork.

Plus, people need to know that the CIA (later to be named thus) and NASA were the principle beneficieries of Operation Paperclip.

That is a red flag, right there.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:00 | 1278927 Cognitive Dissonance
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Old news ORI. Paperclip is so yesterday. I want to know if we will have a new version of Operation Paperclip when we win the alien invader wars. And if we lose, a distinct possibility, will they find me valuable enough to keep or just eat. :>)

Seriously, people just don't think the process of governmental lying through to it's logical conclusion. Since it's always easier to maintain the lie than it is to admit to the truth, lies grow quicker than Kudzu on a Georgia highway shoulder. My brother broke down and came back the next day to see the lies had grown out of control and the alien invader had taken over.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:10 | 1279005 Oh regional Indian
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Ahhh, a Corvair. I tried hard to get one while in the US, never found the right piece. I know it failed and all, but was beautiful design.

On topic though, I think humans need to be seasoned to be tasty for grays (salt) or reptilians (catnip).

That is what my abductors told me anyways! ;-)


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:18 | 1279026 Cognitive Dissonance
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So THAT's why mom never allowed the salt shaker on the dinner table. Her now obvious cover story was that she was worried about our blood pressure. :>)

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:26 | 1279075 Oh regional Indian
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Now ye know. Of course, mother's always know. Best!


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:15 | 1279009 Dapper Dan
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"You're gonna need more than money and science to see you through this world"

From David Gray's "Sell Sell Sell" 1996 an amazing album about the modern struggle - our humanity versus the corporate machine. David Gray is a hero for us all. His words and passion inspire us to regain our dignity and liberty; they infuse us with hope that "We The People" still matter more than the
things we're supposed to buy.

I would like to add that Davids album Sell, Sell, Sell,  has gotten very little air time and I know why.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:34 | 1278837 Rentier
Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:22 | 1278792 swissaustrian
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Private corporations will soon over way more efficient space travel vehicles...

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:42 | 1278849 Crumbles
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over way ????

WTF - perhaps you need more brain in addition to a dictionary.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:26 | 1278796 Dan The Man
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From Yahoo Answers....

No, the moon's composition has been of great interest to scientists. With the collection of moon soil and moon rocks by astronauts, many questions have been able to be answered. Moon soil contains no fossils of plants or animals, but when this soil is placed on earth plants, they seem to grow better. Moon rocks are composed of minerals including aluminum, calcium, magnesium, oxygen, silicon, and titanium. Some gases are also trapped in these rocks, such as hydrogen and helium. These gases are said to have reached the moon by solar wind. Astronauts collect two main types of rock, basalt and breccia. Basalt is formed from hardened lava and is made of feldspar, proxene and ilmenite crystals. These minerals were formed at 2200 degrees, which proves that the moon was extremely hot when it was forming. Breccia is made of soil and rock that have been squeezed together when hit by falling objects. The moon's outer crust seems to be solid and hardy but not much is known about its inner material. When Apollo 13 sent part of the Saturn rocket crashing on to the moon, the result was seismic vibrations which lasted for four hours. These vibrations were not expected by the scientists.


I give you... The Moon.  Endless fertilizer...but dig quietly.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:33 | 1278823 Jim in MN
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This is the classic Washington Monthly cover, from the story 'Beam Us Out of This Deathtrap, Scottie!' in which Gregg Easterbrook predicted a roughly 1% loss of vehicle chance per launch.  Pretty much spot on.  But the cover graphic is really the memorable part.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:32 | 1278832 archibald tuttle
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Kind of sad to see what has become of NASA. But private industry will take over. The next american spacecraft docking to the ISS will be a privately developed spacex dragon capsule, launched on a privately developed falcon 9 rocket. NASA is paying a part of this via a fixed price contract, as opposed to the cost plus contracts that are usual for big aerospace or defense contractors.


By the way: this is my first post. I have been lurking for a year.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 09:39 | 1278848 Rentier
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actually 4 companies are being given grant money for it.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:25 | 1279072 archibald tuttle
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I know. It was spacex and orbital sciences for the first round of COTS. Boeing, SpaceX, SNC and Blue Origin for the first round of CCDev. 


But of all these companies, spacex is the only one that has a flight-proven rocket and spaceship. Since claims of private companies going to orbit are usually dismissed as wishful thinking, I only mentioned spacex as they are the most credible. 


I will probably sell some of my gold and silver and buy spacex stock when they do an IPO at the end of next year. I am not saying that this is a good investment. But it could work, and in any case it would be nice to see my money being used for something cool for a change.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:04 | 1278980 Franken_Stein
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Yes, this is the end of an era.

NASA, founded by German Nazi and rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun, who also designed the V1 cruise missile and V2 SSM that rained down on London as well as the Saturn V that took 3 Americans Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins to the moon, isn't what it once was anymore.


The spirit has died.


Because America nowadays puts more emphasis on needless perpetual wars, a psychopathetic oligarchy and a fiat confetti casino called Wallstreet, where everybody thinks he can become Gordon Gekko.


Very sad.


Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:57 | 1279407 In Vino Veritas
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Just a quick correction: Wernher von Braun played no part in development of the V1.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:51 | 1279151 Monedas
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The Space Shuttle wasn't too big to fail ! Much higher fatality rate than the Corvair could even dream of ! "Boxcar to nowhere !" Monedas 2011 Pass the beans and cornbread !

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:56 | 1279181 Monedas
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Larry King Alive and the Space Shuttle ! Just go away ! Monedas 2011

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 10:57 | 1279187 redarrow
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Did not think these came with an expire date, 25 round trips is ridiculous. Which idiot decided that its ok to spend like 50 billion on these? Even my daughters tricycle from Walmart lasted more than 25 trips.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 11:35 | 1279309 Monedas
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Nasa has invented a new monetary, super denomination ! The Space Shuttle Program Monetary Unit ! Face value $10 Trillion (?) for that FRN ! Let's call that new FRN "The Shuttle" ! Bernanke's face on one side and a scene of Texas "Shuttle debris" on the other ! How many "Shuttles" would it cost the NEA to educate every Washington DC child to Nobel Prize proficiency ? Monedas 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Excluded !

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 12:17 | 1279510 Nnthnt1
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I thought the new age of unlimited money stimulus was going to raise us to unprecedented economy highs?!

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 13:00 | 1279713 flacorps
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Four hours ago I was at the NASA visitor complex with my wife and seven year old. Due to cloud cover Endeavor's candle passed in front of us all too briefly. But the rumble that arrived a minute later was awe-inspiring.

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 13:57 | 1279909 Monedas
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When do we break out the Kool Aid ? When the Shuttle lands ? We gotta put this thing out of it's misery so we can get ready for Barbara Walter's retirement ! Monedas 2011 Circus Maximus Comedy Tour Final Lap

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 16:02 | 1280399 Monedas
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Basketball has done more to promote American values than the State Department ! Rush Limbaugh has done more to promote American values than the Space Shuttle ! And they both MADE A PROFIT ! Monedas 2011 That's the American Way !

Mon, 05/16/2011 - 18:53 | 1280959 Dr. Porkchop
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Sending people to space is too expensive. It's much better value for money to send probes and rovers. These kinds of projects have proven very successful, and should be the focus of a scaled down Nasa budget.

Tue, 05/17/2011 - 01:10 | 1282020 V10
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Fuck space.

Colonize Mars?  Do you realize how many welfare queens we could keep on the dole for what that would cost?

Next you'll be telling us we need to defund things like liberal arts degrees in gender studies and instead promote excellence in science and engineering.

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