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Old 04-26-2018, 12:24 PM
 
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Well, even that is misleading. NASA has turned over nearly all of that work to commercial vendors (Boeing, Lockheed Martin. etc). Most of the cutting-edge stuff is not done "in-house" at NASA anymore. What's left at NASA is mostly symbolic. Even the brainpower is mostly gone. The classic engineers of the golden years of NASA have nearly all retired. And no, the new kids on the block are not on the same par and level as the legends of spaceflight.

I had an inside look at NASA for years, and it just isn't the same organization. And to add insult to injury, they're getting a complete joke and amateur of a new administrator from you know who (DJT). He'll likely decimate what's left. Just sad.
Well, consider that the news article back in Dec 2017, stated Bigelow Aerospace was one of the facilities, Govt permitted the 'unknown metal alloys' recovered from UAPs over the years, to be stored at. Thats pretty incredible when you think about it, in the past, this stuff would have been kept at a Govt facility, no way would they allow a private company to store it for them!
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:10 PM
 
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Said it before: NASA's biggest mistake was to become the Shuttle owner/operator.
NASA’s biggest mistake was to declare the shuttle “operational” after only 4 missions.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:23 PM
 
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There is NO COMMERCIAL SENSE OR PROSPECT in going to Mars. Or, even Moon. This is pointless mental distraction for minds. Giving crowds false goals to follow. Something else, besides sports, music and sex, to drool over.
Whatever distracts from the reality of life.
Always remember Waterworld. People oaring mindlessly a huge rusted tanker in unknown direction, full of hope seeded in them by clever manipulator. That's all Musk is doing.
I couldn't disagree more with this statement. Utter bullchit.

Space is not only the next frontier, it's the ultimate frontier. It's where we need to go in order to survive as a species. Humans have always wanted to know what was over the next hill, it's what we have always done with a few exceptions. Those exceptions stayed in the cave.

There's no reason for us not to go to the moon. It's just a step. Mars? Debatable. Asteroids first with infrastructure built in earth orbit to open up the solar system.

It's called progress and sometimes it comes at the price of profit.
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Old 04-26-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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Always remember Waterworld.
Gotta say, I never expected to read those words.
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Old 04-27-2018, 08:32 PM
 
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When a person who lacks the scientific and aerospace credentials of past NASA administrators lands the role of NASA's chief, NASA is indeed in trouble.
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