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Since NASA canceled the space shuttle program, what are they doing now? Are they still trying to build a manned rocket to Mars? If so, when should we expect this? 10 years? 20? 30? ....100?
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Lol, no.
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No. We got rid of NASA(for the most part), thanks to Obama, so we are screwed, and we'll never make it to Mars.



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lol @ idiots thinking we've never landed on mars
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't other countries besides the US still have active space programs?


Yes, but none that are as effective as the US space program was. The shuttle was and still is the best ship ever designed to travel in space. Everybody else just uses rockets like in the Apollo and Mercury programs.
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At the moment I don't believe there's any point in sending a manned mission to Mars. To my knowledge, there's nothing we could achieve by sending a manned mission to Mars that we couldn't with unmanned missions.
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Yeah, droids you don't have to worry about "the cost of human life", you don't need to feed them or anything, and they don't need to come home! It's far more efficient. Perhaps it's not as symbolic, but we are still getting the same knowledge, but perhaps not the "experience".

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If I remember, weren't there a bunch of astronauts that were sent into confinement to train for going to Mars or something? Like they have to stay in there for 8 years.
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I'm pretty sure the current goal is getting back to the moon by 2020, and Mars by 2030.
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At the moment I don't believe there's any point in sending a manned mission to Mars. To my knowledge, there's nothing we could achieve by sending a manned mission to Mars that we couldn't with unmanned missions.


Other than the fact that there'd be a human on mars
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If I remember, weren't there a bunch of astronauts that were sent into confinement to train for going to Mars or something? Like they have to stay in there for 8 years.

8 years? I thought it was 500 days?
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If I remember, weren't there a bunch of astronauts that were sent into confinement to train for going to Mars or something? Like they have to stay in there for 8 years.

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At the moment I don't believe there's any point in sending a manned mission to Mars. To my knowledge, there's nothing we could achieve by sending a manned mission to Mars that we couldn't with unmanned missions.


There was no point to land on the moon, other than to beat the Russians to it. Why do we have to have a purpose to do something cool? It's way better than bickering about politics and fighting wars, space stuff is way more productive to society, and gives us purpose.
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Ah, that's them.
And Sashki, it is 500 days. I have no idea what I was thinking with 8 years.
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#22
I don't think NASA has yet to perfect radiation shields as that is the problem with a manned mission to Mars.
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Mars is a lousy choice for colonization either way. Its ONLY advantage is being relatively close. It sucks on pretty much every other front.
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There was no point to land on the moon, other than to beat the Russians to it. Why do we have to have a purpose to do something cool? It's way better than bickering about politics and fighting wars, space stuff is way more productive to society, and gives us purpose.


Also there's a metric shit-ton of residual technology that's come from the space program. A huge amount of safety mechanisms that've made flying and driving much safer are because they needed to build something space-worthy. Arguably we jumped leaps and bounds in communication technology by sending a video camera capable of worldwide live transmitting from the moon in 1969.

Even your computer owes its current form to the space program's need for smaller, lighter computers causing research in much cheaper, more efficient ways of manufacturing quality transistor-based electronics instead of valve-based. And that's jsut scratching at the surface.
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Also there's a metric shit-ton of residual technology that's come from the space program. A huge amount of safety mechanisms that've made flying and driving much safer are because they needed to build something space-worthy. Arguably we jumped leaps and bounds in communication technology by sending a video camera capable of worldwide live transmitting from the moon in 1969.

Even your computer owes its current form to the space program's need for smaller, lighter computers causing research in much cheaper, more efficient ways of manufacturing quality transistor-based electronics instead of valve-based. And that's jsut scratching at the surface.


Tell that to the guy thinking manned missions to Mars are pointless
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No. We got rid of NASA(for the most part), thanks to Obama, so we are screwed, and we'll never make it to Mars.



That's funny, because I thought it was thanks to all the conservatives who would rather spend the money on tax cuts for giant corporations and war.


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Also there's a metric shit-ton of residual technology that's come from the space program. A huge amount of safety mechanisms that've made flying and driving much safer are because they needed to build something space-worthy. Arguably we jumped leaps and bounds in communication technology by sending a video camera capable of worldwide live transmitting from the moon in 1969.

Even your computer owes its current form to the space program's need for smaller, lighter computers causing research in much cheaper, more efficient ways of manufacturing quality transistor-based electronics instead of valve-based. And that's jsut scratching at the surface.


Hm, I wasn't really thinking about it like that. I was thinking more along the lines of researching Mars itself.
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Idk when were trying to get there, but just the other day my mother was talking about how the shuttle era wa a strange one in space history. All the other programs we've went through had large and progressive goals: Launch a satellite. Get a man into space. Orbit the earth. Land on the moon. Put a man on the moon.

The most recent on has been something along the lines of put a couple of guys in a space station for a few years and take some pictures with a really big telescope/camera. Yeah, not so dramatic. Hopefully we start taking this next step (Mars) thing seriously.
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I remember back in the early 2000s when we thought we were going to do that shit in like 2014. Of course, we had money back then, which was nice.
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Idk when were trying to get there, but just the other day my mother was talking about how the shuttle era wa a strange one in space history. All the other programs we've went through had large and progressive goals: Launch a satellite. Get a man into space. Orbit the earth. Land on the moon. Put a man on the moon.

The most recent on has been something along the lines of put a couple of guys in a space station for a few years and take some pictures with a really big telescope/camera. Yeah, not so dramatic. Hopefully we start taking this next step (Mars) thing seriously.
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That's funny, because I thought it was thanks to all the conservatives who would rather spend the money on tax cuts for giant corporations and war.


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On topic: I like-a da space. I'd be surprised if I'm not alive for the first manned mission to Mars, as well as disappointed.
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No. We got rid of NASA(for the most part), thanks to Obama, so we are screwed, and we'll never make it to Mars.


Russia will.
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The US government first went to Mars in 1983, and have been back secretly a total of 78 times since. they're keeping it from us because they know we'll want in on all the delicious Mars honey they've mined there.
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#38
It's not cost effective. Why would this be our focus during an economic crisis? it'll probably be a very long time before this happens
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#39
I read somewhere that China want to reach Mars by 2060. Anyway, it'll be easy to do it once we hit singularity in 2045. I wish
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It's not cost effective. Why would this be our focus during an economic crisis? it'll probably be a very long time before this happens



The Appollo missions were estimated to have actually earned us money (I think it was something like...we made 2 dollars for every 1 dollar spent on the Appollo missions) in technological and information based advancements. Plus all of the jobs and excitement and everything made everyone all excited to buy fancy new shit.
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