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  •  Vasimir? Is that the name of a pretty cosmonaut? (2+ / 0-)
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    MT Spaces, Troubadour

    Only way I'm going.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 09:11:23 PM PDT

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    •  Ick, Russians. Only thing wrong with spaceflight. (1+ / 0-)
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      Make space smell like fish-paste.  The French really need to step up their game, fill space with croissants and wine.

      Without a strong safety net and living wage, all labor is forced labor.

      by Troubadour on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 11:38:10 PM PDT

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      •  Baking in space would be interesting (1+ / 0-)
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        Also, less bathing, which seem both practical and revolting.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:10:03 AM PDT

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        •  Actually (0+ / 0-)

          YOU are the one most likely to bake on a year-long journey to Mars.  According to the same Little Brother referenced above, the in-joke at NASA about Tito's mission to Mars is whether the astronauts will arrive medium or well-done.  At best estimates, the outside human life expectancy outside of the Earth's magnetic fields is six months without shielding far too heavy to practically lift up from Earth.  We're nowhere near solving this one, although current suggestions lie mainly along the line of scavenging and manufacturing the majority of the resources in space.

          •  That's just plain false. (0+ / 0-)

            The Tito plan has been rigorously reviewed by experts, including some within NASA, who say it's doable.

            Ask me if I'm afraid. I say, "Of course not. I'm a fool, and fools never die."

            by Troubadour on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 11:53:29 AM PDT

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            •  Shrug. (0+ / 0-)

              No doubt there are different cliques within NASA; there are multiple competing centers and that doesn't start to deal with the differences between scientists, engineers, and management/accounting.  He just told me that it was a current office joke while we were discussing an asteroid-capture project he's working on.  He is clearly not in favor of manned projects, which he considers a waste of resources.

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