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[–] Viropher 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

Thats because NASA hasnt done their jobs for 40 years.

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[–] SecularPenguinist 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Their budget is continually cut meanwhile each incoming administration forces them to change their priorities every term.
It's amazing NASA gets anything done as it is. How about we spend less on the military industrial complex that only exists to enrich the elite sociopaths and their ilk and more on human progress. I hope China does pass us up in space technology and force us to reevaluate our priorities.

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[–] Adminstrater 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

It seems western society's priorities are focused on the concept of "gender" rather than space travel and space exploration. If Carl Sagan were alive today...

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[–] thatguyiam 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

TIL future mars-bound astronauts and engineers will habe to be fluent in mandarin/cantonese.

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[–] a11en 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

You still believe NASA's budget is not from military projects? It's time the govt stood up and spent cash on space. How about we use the cash that they were given for global warming purposes? (The new planetary safety office I'm worried is merely a way to rename global warming research efforts.)

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[–] Dfens 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We spend just as much now as we did during the Apollo program in inflation adjusted dollars and yet have to rent rides from the space race losers to get to our own space station.

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[–] TauCeti 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Muslim scientific achievements? There's no evidence that any of the knowledge that came out of the Middle East was discovered by Arabs. More likely it came from the Greeks they conquered as part of seizing land from the Byzantine Empire.

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[–] BlockMe 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Gawd, that guy really did a number.

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[–] captainstrange 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is the correct answer. You ever know someone who worked at nasa? You'd think it would be easy to get a job after leaving--you'd be wrong.

No one wants former nasa employees--not even nasa.

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[–] TauCeti 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They've run a good space science program, but yes, the manned program was jerked around by politicans so much it's a miracle they did anything at all. And the media's readiness to go OJ Simpson on any slight failure made them impossibly risk adverse.

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

They can afford a good space program with the money they made selling us all that cheap Chinese stuff. Can yo find anything not made in China walking around Walmart?

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Always check where the food was processed. There are some China surprises there too.

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[–] ardvarcus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's only because Chinese-made foods are filled with poisons. Americans are just barely bright enough not to want to eat them.

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[–] totes_magotes 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

A fatass in an electric wheelchair?

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[–] newoldwave 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

That too

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[–] wgtt911 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

that is because they are so far behind, and they steal all the "new technology" from usa..

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[–] greatgerbil 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

soon they'll actually be in space

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[–] GOMAD_OR_GFYAD 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Yeah, well with the Chinese starting with basically no space program it's a lot easier for them to get a little bit further and further out into space than the US which has already put a man on the moon, robots on numerous planets and moons in the solar system and have sent multiple exploratory satellites beyond the boundaries of the last planet in the solar system. Costs increase by orders of magnitude the further away from Earth you go, and the heavier the probes you send. There are diminishing returns from the scientific value of data gained from going further and further away because... y'know, there's a bit of a gap between our solar system and the next one.

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[–] rwbj [S] 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

They've already landed on the moon making completely new mineral and geographic discoveries in the process. That's the first moon landing in modern history. The last time it happened was in 1976! In the process they set the record for the longest operational time on the moon (31 months) and made completely new mineral discoveries in the process. They've also sent probes off to asteroids and completed successful flybys there and are still maintaining contact at ~200million km. They even launched an ambitious Mars sample return Mission in 2011 which was an unfortunate failure. However, that is something that has never been done and only China is trying (actually it was a Chinese/Russian collaboration). They are also aiming to put a man on the moon in 2024 - the first time that will have happened in more than 50 years.

I think people's view of China is stereotyped by all the cheap crap they manufacture. Their country, in spite of those products, has been accelerating rapidly in many fields - space included. I think at this point it's safe to say that we're resting on our laurels and it's a damn shame. We're playing out the real life tortoise and the hare and just completely asleep as that tortoise continues to move faster and faster.

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[–] GOMAD_OR_GFYAD 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

That's great, that matches up exactly with the point I was making in my post.

20 years ago their space program was what, sending military satellites into LOE? Or were they paying Russia to do that for them? "Advancing" from that position over the course of the past 20 years is very easy when compared to the position that the US was in at that time, which is why the headline is ridiculous sensationalism.

Your tortoise-hare analogy is only apt if you agree that the course is entirely uphill, begins with a slight incline that becomes gradually steeper and more treacherous as the hill becomes a mountain, and ends at a completely sheer cliff face that is 4.73 light years tall. The US is currently standing at bottom of the cliff face looking up. If China, Russia, Japan, and Europe want to come over and help figure this shit out then great. The US already cleared the path, but they will still run intthe same obstacles when they get to this point.

Btw, nobody gets any credit for failed missions or planned future missions. You arent exploring shit until you're actually receiving data.

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[–] youareivan 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

the best possible thing for nasa’s budget is an up and coming space program from a rival power.

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[–] 1ArmedTRex 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yup, hard to race to find the answer to anything when your not being pressed to do better then someone else.

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[–] Dfens 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Our Apollo missions to the Moon proved that it is made of the same stuff as the Earth. That means it is the treasure trove of mineral wealth that the Earth was the day the first man stubbed his toe on a nugget of gold.

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[–] ardvarcus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

America essentially gave up on space in 1970. That's when the money tap was turned off, and directed to the war in Vietnam. It was never turned on again. The people who deserve to conquor and rule space are the people who are willing to take it. Maybe those aren't the American people.

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[–] whatisbestinlife 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

too many think it's taxes wasted and are petty because it won't affect their lives.

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[–] Dfens 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We spend the same amount on space now and can't get an astronauts' ass into space without renting a ride on an ex-Soviet rocket.

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