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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    Roger Strong (profile), 6 Feb 2016 @ 4:15pm


    Far more TAX dollars go towards stadiums and other costs related to millionaire-owned organized sports teams. Not what your kids are playing, but what they're watching on TV.

    America's human space flight programs cost around $7 billion a year. By comparison, Americans spent more than $154 billion on alcohol. The costs of dealing with the latter almost certainly cost the taxpayers more than the former.

    In the ’70s the USAF calculated that using satellites to conduct weather reconnaissance saved $100,000 a day over the cost of flying airplanes to get the job done. In today's dollars that would probably be $1,000,000 per day. The space program has given also us communications, remote sensing (for resource and crop monitoring) and GPS satellites and much, much more. Who knows what we'll get once the launch rate goes up bringing launch costs down.

    As a programmer, I believe in making backups. The same concept applies to humanity: Establishing a self-sustaining colony on another planet is a Very Good Idea.

    Over the four-and-a-half-billion-year history of Earth, few events have truly mattered: There was the advent of single-celled life, multi-celled life, the development of plants, then animals.

    The next step - the first big step in 540 million years - is the extension of life to another planet. It could happen in our lifetime. Thinks about that.

    Or, if that's not your priority, keep spending it on stadiums for millionaires, and alcohol.

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