Orion Test Flight Imminent

Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Spider » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:10 pm

John Galt wrote:
spacemonkey wrote:Its probably totally possible to send a human to mars, but why? Just to say we did it?


no, it should be shown to be able to be done and then we can start colonization efforts. elon musk is going to send people to mars to go live there, that is his set goal and that man sets goals and makes them


Musk has said he wants to die on Mars. And he's one of the handful of people in the world who can say something like that, and then actually make it happen.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby Spider » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:13 pm

It was a terrific mission, near perfection at every stage. Highlight for me though was this amazing footage as it transitioned from falling like a rock down through all the parachute stages. I was expecting a shaky, distant shot of the orange chute canopies....wasn't expecting something like this:

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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby John Galt » Fri Dec 05, 2014 11:59 pm

the landing was the only thing that had a hitch (supposed to be 5 parachutes)

remember this thing was supposed to be cancelled, basically, after obama cut nasa. i'm glad they have been able to do this though. i worry though with no humans on board for 5 years if it will be sustained. people have bizarre ideas about how much of the budget nasa takes up. nasa is thought by the american people to take up ONE FOURTH OF THE BUDGET http://www.thespacereview.com/article/1000/1

    In a just-completed study6, we asked respondents what percentage of the national budget is allocated to NASA and to the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Health and Human Services, among other agencies. NASA’s allocation, on average, was estimated to be approximately 24% of the national budget (the NASA allocation in 2007 was approximately 0.58% of the budget.) The next highest over-estimate was for the Department of Defense, which received approximately 21% of the budget in 2007 and was estimated on average to receive approximately 33%.

ifit actually was one fourth and this is all we got i'd be the first to say it's a f**k waste of money. but it's a half of a percent. f**k cut medicare, nasa is far more important than old people
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby spacemonkey » Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:18 pm

Maybe they should take their little canisters (living quarters) to Antarctica for a few years, then check the desire to make it permanent. Why bother trying to live on another planet when we can't even live on this one in peace? Robots/probes will probably be our space explorers for some time to come. But we will go if for no other reason then the wow factor.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby John Galt » Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:15 pm

antarica is differently inhospitable. you cant do mining operations on antartica easily, for example, while on mars it would be relatively simple, after you're there. antartica has one resource -- water -- that mars lacks a lot of. however, there is still likely a lot that can be extracted from the soil, which in turn will allow for humans to live there. robots and probes have been our explorers for a long time already. it's destiny for man to colonize this entire solar system
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby eynon81 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:33 pm

John Galt wrote:antarica is differently inhospitable. you cant do mining operations on antartica easily, for example, while on mars it would be relatively simple, after you're there. antartica has one resource -- water -- that mars lacks a lot of. however, there is still likely a lot that can be extracted from the soil, which in turn will allow for humans to live there. robots and probes have been our explorers for a long time already. it's destiny for man to colonize this entire solar system


what about the dry valleys? you know, the one with all the mummy seals.
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby The Comrade » Sat Dec 06, 2014 5:34 pm

no daddy seals?
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby eynon81 » Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:25 pm

The Comrade wrote:no daddy seals?


how dare you lamely joke about something so woah:
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal ... antarctica
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby John Galt » Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:49 am

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The Comrade wrote:no daddy seals?


how dare you lamely joke about something so woah:
http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animal ... antarctica


i bet they are all female
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Re: Orion Test Flight Imminent

Postby fstarcstar » Sun Dec 07, 2014 6:34 pm

Can one of you describe for me why we would ever want colonize mars?
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