DailyDirt: Going To Space

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Manned space exploration is a lofty goal that requires quite a bit of groundwork before people crawl into a metal cage strapped to a rocket. Only about a dozen countries have successfully launched objects into orbit, and the list of nations that can send people into space is much shorter (with the retirement of the space shuttles, the US arguably is not on the list anymore). But rocket technologies are only getting better and less expensive, and there are more and more plans (both governmental and commercial) for humans to explore space. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post.


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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2013 @ 5:15pm

    where do commercial space companies fit...

    into the US's "loss" of astronaut-worthy launch vehicles? The US govt has partially subsidized some of the private aerospace industry....

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 23rd, 2013 @ 5:35pm

      Re: where do commercial space companies fit...

      Yes. And by the way, outsourcing and budget cutbacks to NASA under the Bush Administration likely made these engineers valuable in other countries.

      Remember, vehicle launches happened in Houston, "Huston, we have a problem"... Seems Old Bush's Buddies didn't too much care for rocket science, they preferred to build pipelines instead.

       

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        Killercool (profile), Jan 23rd, 2013 @ 5:42pm

        Re: Re: where do commercial space companies fit...

        Launches happened in Florida. Astronaut training happened in Alabama. Mission control was based in Texas.

         

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    Pixelation, Jan 23rd, 2013 @ 6:49pm

    Iran is sending Charles Carreon into space? Cool!

     

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    Watchit (profile), Jan 23rd, 2013 @ 7:16pm

    For a second their I read "worm" as "woman" and thought "Wow that's the most sexist thing I've ever heard"

     

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    Jake, Jan 24th, 2013 @ 1:52am

    A one-way trip to Mars doesn't sound altogether unattractive right now, but no way in hell am I participating in a damn reality show.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2013 @ 5:19am

    1) Mars One is now looking for people willing to become astronauts, train for 8 years, and go on a ONE-WAY trip to Mars

    2) MRI scans of astronauts who spent over a month in space show that long term exposure to microgravity can damage eyeballs and parts of the brain

    - Could be a tough sale

     

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