DailyDirt: If People Were Meant To Fly In Space...

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When the Soviets launched Sputnik 1 in 1957, the US launched a satellite and put together its own space agency less than a year later. In the past week, NASA has commemorated the loss of its astronauts in the Challenger and Columbia disasters, as well as the men who died in Apollo 1. There's a new generation of kids who have only seen SpaceX and Soyuz take stuff into low earth orbit (plus maybe a successful Orion test) -- and a few other private companies reaching the edge of space. Robots have been doing an excellent job of exploring mars and other destinations in our solar system, but we shouldn't forget about manned space exploration entirely. After you've finished checking out those links, if you want to support NASA unconditionally, print out this form and send your money... into space.
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Filed Under: apollo, bob ebeling, manned missions, mars, soyez, space, space exploration, space shuttle
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    Rekrul, 6 Feb 2016 @ 12:24pm

    The Columbia space shuttle disaster might have been averted with a second space shuttle launch to dock with it and rescue the astronauts.

    The Columbia disaster WOULD have been averted if NASA had authorized a spacewalk to visually inspect the damage to the wing instead of relying on mathematical probabilities and guesswork. Frankly, I think that's a problem that runs through everything that NASA does.

    "See how this number is .003 instead of .005? That proves that there is an Earth size planet orbiting this star which is 400,000,000,000 miles away, covered in giant diamond mountains with emerald tips and heavy concentrations of methane."

    The Challenger explosion was predicted by a handful of NASA engineers who argued against launching the shuttle because they had data that indicated the o-rings wouldn't seal properly under the cold weather conditions.

    I predicted this. No, not the explosion, but the fact that after a little time had passed, people would be coming out of the woodwork to say that they had known this was going to happen. In fact, right after it exploded, I told someone "They claim they have no idea what went wrong, but a month from now, the news will be interviewing janitors at NASA who will say that they warned everyone that this was going to happen."

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