SPACE - Bush kind of got it - Obama truly visionary

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    Republicans howled when Obama shifted NASA direction from the "Bush" plan of landing on the moon, again, to research and development.

    Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) called the proposal a "radical departure".
    Is it ever a surprise when Republcians use the "radical" to describe anything this president does?
    "It cancels all major existing human spaceflight programs ... and replaces all that with little more than a hope and a prayer that commercial providers will eventually pick up the slack," Vitter said.

    IN FACT:

    There was a six year gap between the last rocket based spaceflight and the first flight of the "winged" reusable space shuttle. (Space shuttle program started under Republican President Richard M. Nixon - much maligned and underrated president) So a "radical" shift at NASA is nothing new.

    The 'new' NASA will look back at Earth - LiveScience- msnbc.com

    WHAT IS OBAMA'S GOAL:

    Shift space flight to the commercial sector. This has actually been a dream of Republcians in the past. Republican does it - good. Democrat does it - bad.

    So how can space make money? Two obvious ways.

    1. Tourism.

    2. Development - a good example are "alloys".

    Zero gravity crystal growth

    TEXUS 47 carried a total of four experiments. An experiment by scientists from the University of Freiburg examined the growth of silicon crystals, a technologically important semiconductor. In normal Earth gravity, convection currents develop in the fluid in which the crystals grow. These currents are not present in zero gravity. This makes it possible to investigate the effects of other currents that do not depend on gravity. The researchers were therefore able to test new technical measures to influence these currents and the tests yielded information that will be of value in growing crystals on Earth.

    The TRACE (Transparent Alloys for Columnar Equiaxed Solidification) materials science experiment, performed by the Aachen ACCESS research centre, investigated the processes and structures involved in the solidification of metallic alloys. This was done by investigating the behaviour of a mixture of organic substances that solidifies in a manner that is analogous to a liquid metal. The transparency of the organic ‘alloy’ made it possible to observe the solidification process directly. The experiment will yield data for improving industrial casting processes.

    Zero gravity materials science and biology experiments | International Space Fellowship

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    And finally, NASA is pointing more of it's resources to understanding "Global Warming". Now Republcians call it a myth. Wouldn't they want to know once and for all?

    Plus, the new Carbon Satellite could verify if other countries are "sticking to the treaty". If, say, China signs a deal for less emissions and then doesn't follow it, that becomes an unfair business advantage. Let's keep them honest.

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    Now, the White House has given the green light for a carbon copy to be flown, providing $170 million towards the effort in its proposed 2011 budget (pdf). "The good news in this budget is the president has decided that this is an important mission for both science and understanding our climate," NASA science chief Edward Weiler said in a briefing with reporters on Tuesday. The replacement, called OCO-2, could fly as early as February 2013.

    NASA satellite could pave way for policing CO2 emissions - space - 02 February 2010 - New Scientist
     
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    And low orbit flights across the world in 2 hours would be profitable. Problem still is stupid petroleum based energy source is too expensive.

    I would go to outerspace in a hearbeat, or to the moon, if there were commercial flights (and I could afford it).
     
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    I am all for redirecting NASA towards those missions because that is both what has been recomended by our scientists, and all those missions appear valid.
    I support science, and find it troubling when political agendas interfere with the study of science.
    It is just too bad that large scale science missions have to be funded by governments, therefore they become political issues.
    A mixture of politics and science conjures up shades of galileo and all that kind of stuff.
    What rational person could be against the objective study of science?
    (No, those senators and representitives have not proven themselves to be rational)
     
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    Even Obama has said some pretty dumb things when it comes to science. Don't ask me for an example, even though none comes to mind at the moment, I remember thinking "he can't be serious" more than once on some of his statements.

    However, the good thing is that he leaves science to scientists. I have no problem with science being guided by ethics. Because you can make a two headed baby, should you? Of course not. As a problem, it may be interesting to solve, but morals say no and rightly so.

    I always felt bad about Nixon. If he were just a little less paranoid, he would have been a great Republican president. Opening relations to China, keeping the USSR in check and starting the "space shuttle" program. The guy was really smart. At the same time, he was petty and that was his downfall. Unfortunately, he is only remembered for Watergate. Too bad Republicans today can't learn from his positives.
     
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    Obama thinks privatizing space is good?

    Then why does he want to nationalize healthcare?
     
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    Mars, bitches.
     
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    Hell yeah!

    I do have a problem with what Obama is doing with the space program. Reducing it to a few floating dual purpose labs and a mass transit system for the rich and famous, when we can and should be exploring the mysteries of the universe? Whatever happened to reaching for the stars? Some of you might say we can't afford it, but do you know how many private sector jobs were created by Gemini? Mercury? The Apollo program? And we have all that unspent stimulus money and all that repaid TARP money available to start...why not use it for something proven to work?

    Mars, baby! :cool:
     
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    NASA Budget:

    1966 = 5.5% of Federal Budget

    2010 = 0.52% of Federal Budget

    TARP (Bank Bailout) = 24.1% of Federal Budget

    Mars? At this rate? Not in our lifetime...
     
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    Tax cuts to the wealthy - 1.8 trillion. Cost of two wars? Who knows? They were never included in any Republican or presidential budget until the last year. What changed in the last year? Oh, that's right, a secretive president who isn't as transparent as the Republicans or the last president.

    Hopefully, Obama will start bringing back science. Of course, after he takes care of two wars, the economy, health care and even the Katrina clean up.

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    Fortunately, that is exactly Obama's goal. Going back to the moon with twenty year old rockets for no clearly defined reason is NOT a step forward. Remember, the shuttles were developed starting with Nixon and there has been nothing new since.

    We have to look at the space program as a "resource" that can help us go forward in science and technology. Spending all our money on moon trips using old technology is NOT the way.

    Plus, do some investigation on zero gravity technology and you might be surprised.
     
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