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  •  Please don't. (4+ / 0-)
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    TakeSake, xaxnar, FarWestGirl, JeffW

    I'd like to see their planetary science projects ramped up (including Earth sciences).

    Now, if we could clone Elon Musk and get the ISS reworked, perhaps it could be something more than a flying boondoggle. Something that size could maybe fly to Mars, complete with centrifugal beds.

    •  You can net $4 billion/yr without touching (0+ / 0-)

      planetary science whatsoever, or even the $3 billion/yr in cross-agency overhead.  You just have to kill a rocket that's never going to fly anyway.

      That said, I wouldn't mind scaling back planetary science (if our international partners could and would take the lead on Earth observing projects.  We could reprogram the money into developing regular, cheap access to space.

      •  They already are - check out Copernicus (2+ / 0-)
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        "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

        by xaxnar on Mon Apr 21, 2014 at 11:18:28 PM PDT

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      •  Ah. I mistook your point (1+ / 0-)
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        rduran

        It does seem that NASA's home-grown rocket suffers from more than a few too many compromises made for non-engineering reasons.

        I too would not cry to see it cancelled, and think the money saved could be very effectively spent elsewhere.

        •  Nothing new here (0+ / 0-)

          NASA's always been in the business of building rockets in the worst possible way.  It's just that these days no one actually cares if NASA's rockets fly.

          •  Don't forget NASA's biggest problems (1+ / 0-)
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            rduran

            1) Any design ideally has to maximize the number of Congressional districts containing contractors for that project.

            2) NASA has no budget stability - you can't fund projects that will take years to bring to fruition if they constantly have to be re-budgeted every year.

            3) When everything goes right, there will still be plenty of people asking why are we wasting all that money in space? And when things go wrong...

            "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

            by xaxnar on Thu Apr 24, 2014 at 05:21:21 PM PDT

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