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Watch MARS landing tonight!
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Mars: USA landed a pair of Viking Landers in the '70/80s, later Pathfinder with Soujourner, then Spirit and Opportunity still driving, Phoenix lander.

http://history.nasa.gov/marschro.htm

Used a computer today? Is it the size of a building? Much of the reason for making computers small and fast was so they could go into space as mass is expensive to lift. Speed was needed for real time flight control, for other purposes speed wasn't needed as much, batch jobs done bynext week were acceptable.

Like to watch live TV from around the globe? Use GPS? Like weather forecasts, hurricane and typhoon tracking? All satellite based.

There have been many advances in materials sciences that you enjoy every day. Like the light computers, we need light materials for aerospace and we use them in cars and all sorts of consumer devices.

We have learned so much about the original of our planet, solar system, galaxy and the universe due to space based astronomy and earth observation.

Even if the space program had zero returns it has employed countless people, created jobs, etc. It does good in that way even if you disagree with its aims.

Glad to be a european descendent living in the Americas? Exploration is a natural part of being human. We have always sought to expand our horizons and space is the new frontier. Private money follows government, just like the old days.

Each of us has benefited greatly from the space program. Most of us including me in Canada haven't even paid much for it.

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ummmm i wish goodluck and congrats for them but ...please dont bring some alien bio weapon or extra terrestrial diseases .....or rare dangerous alien species ......you know like in species( movie) or same like in mu love alternate: total eclipse ..darn that would be sick we havent even created mobile suits /gundams.....we would be all extinct
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Can't wait to see what kind of results the rover sends back. Between this and all the commercial space development going on right, I can't wait to see what happens next!
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god bless america.
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sadpatriot27 wrote:

i hate when people say space exploration is a waste of money. welfare and social programs are a waste of money, we should spend all of our money on research and exploration.


THANK YOU.
One of my roommates is capped out on unemployment and is receiving 1.8k a month ($450 a week is the cap here in California). First thing he does is go to Disney Land. >_>;;

Neil Degrasse Tyson puts it very well. Here's a short clip from the Daily Show: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-february-27-2012/neil-degrasse-tyson
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Zeta-Nu wrote:

first, get a lot of seeds
second, bring seeds and plants to the rocket
third, send the seeds and plants to mars
fourth, put a seed on the mars ground and put some plants on the other side of the soil of mars and wait until it rains

Eventually there will be a new plants on Mars and some day there will be a little oxygen.


It doesn't rain on Mars.
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Yeah, once again, we are using our resources on things that do not mean anything to me and countless others. How about some exploration of our own bodies and our own planet? Seriously delusional sheeple.
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My aunt is one of the main developers for the Mars rover XD
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Love it calling visionaries who want to see humanity do something other than killing each other sheeple! Space exploration has benefited humanity in so many ways even down to simple things you probably use every day such as the creation of Velcro, memory foam (you know like the stuff in loads of mattresses nowadays) plus a load of medical related things that might one day save your life. These will most likely all have been patented, patents sold and money put back in to the economy, the programs themselves also put people in jobs.

Humanity needs to explore space, learn more about it so that way we can understand our own planet more by looking how planets that are less developed than ours for example and discovering more about our place in the universe. Plus as somebody stated above we will need a new home when nutters inevitably screw this planet up beyond repair!

Japan is an excellent example to the world, they push boundaries of science and technologies regularly and one of the main reasons for that is probably because they can't pour trillions of $$$$ in to creating armies to go around killing people. Also, why should we give all our money away in social programs for scroungers, don't get me wrong I have no problem with people who genuinely need help but what winds me up are the people who just can't be ars*d to get off their backsides as it really wind me up.

Rant over!
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"MURICA. . . Now find me Marvin.
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artsygirl21 wrote:

Yeah, once again, we are using our resources on things that do not mean anything to me and countless others. How about some exploration of our own bodies and our own planet? Seriously delusional sheeple.


Exploring space helps us learn more about ourselves in plenty of ways. What truly doesn't matter is if countless others think space exploration is a waste. it'll still continue.
If believing in space exploration makes one a seriously delusional sheeple, than i'm sure many would rather be just that, instead of a seriously apathetic sheeple.
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artsygirl21 wrote:

Yeah, once again, we are using our resources on things that do not mean anything to me and countless others. How about some exploration of our own bodies and our own planet? Seriously delusional sheeple.


This person is why we can't have nice things.
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I was watching that live, man. I'm one of those atheists that gets off to science because I like sticking it to religiousfolk (I can't wait till I grow out of this). I always found space to be fascinating :).

WE MARS NOW FUCK YEAH
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Winterfells wrote:


severancepay wrote:

The human body uses photosynthesis to turn the vitamin d in sunlight into calcium. Without a proper hourly dose of calcium, the bones decalcify.




Perhaps i should said "like" photosynthesis. It's only like it in the way that our bodies use the UV light and it is converted by our bodies, but anyway osteopenia is why we don't send people into space all the time. Seriously, a long enough trip can ruin your life.
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