quote: Not that your point is not valid it has basis but things were at a boiling point over there.
quote: Africa is a basket case.
quote: It still exercises slavery in several of the southern states. The prison system forces many blacks whose only crime is drug use or dealing to do hard manual labor.
quote: More people murder each other in the US every year than died on 9/11 (16,692), not to mention the nearly 100,000 rapes.
quote: he only reason the US passed laws against things like cocaine was to protect the more profitable pharmaceutical companies
quote: News break: Chavez is a popular president.
quote: Chavez is one of the worst dictators in the world right now.
quote: Bush would be too if he gave the people tons of free shit (wait we already do...)
quote: What exactly has he done that's so wrong?
quote: We'll just perfect our missile shield and sit behind it
quote: Let the UN run the world for a while.Sorry trying not to laugh at that thought...The UN. ...Making decisions...Having the balls to do anything...Without the US actually being the one doing it.....ROFL!
quote: gosh, we went from space to saddam pretty quickly in this comment page, eh?
quote: Russia has no power in the world anymore. Period.
quote: And btw, the missile defense system works, I've seen the damn this, all 64,392 of us living in Lompoc, California
quote: In the past six years of flight tests, here is what the Pentagon's missile-defense agency has demonstrated: A missile can hit another missile in mid-air as long as a) the operators know exactly where the target missile has come from and where it's going; b) the target missile is flying at a slower-than-normal speed; c) it's transmitting a special beam that exaggerates its radar signature, thus making it easier to track; d) only one target missile has been launched; and e) the "attack" happens in daylight.Beyond that, the program's managers know nothing—in part because they have never run a test that goes beyond this heavily scripted (it would not be too strong to call it "rigged") scenario....For many of these components, tests will not be ready for a while. The upgraded version of the Patriot air-defense missile, known as PAC-3, has shown "shortcomings" in operational testing. Further tests are scheduled—three this year, 12 next year, five in 2006, and seven in 2007—but, Christie notes, "the adequacy of this testing cannot be fully assessed because detailed objectives for most of the tests ... are not yet defined." In other words, the program managers not only haven't yet tested the missile; they haven't yet figured out what they need to test. Ditto for the vital Space Tracking Surveillance System. "The full capabilities of STSS," Christie writes, "cannot be tested until ... 2006 and 2008."
quote: though nothing concrete has been announced recently.
quote: Bigelow would turn that region of space, called L1, into a construction zone. Inflatable modules would be linked up with propulsion/power systems and support structures, and then the completed base would be lowered down to the moon's surface, all in one piece.Once the moon base has been set down, dirt would be piled on top, using a technique that Bigelow plans to start testing later this year at his Las Vegas headquarters. The moon dirt, more technically known as regolith, would serve to shield the base's occupants from the harsh radiation hitting the lunar surface.
quote: Although nuclear power was one of the more popular methods to help power the housing location, Doug Cooke, a NASA official who is the head of the lunar research group, claims solar power should be the power method used.
quote: NASA has eyed the moon's Shackleton Crater near the lunar south pole as a possible moon base site because of its proximity to permanently lit and shadowed regions that could be key for solar power stations and the hunt for water ice. But Cooke said that Shackleton is not the only candidate for a moon base, especially since the revised plan calls for mobile habitat modules that could move between science targets or gather together in a sort of lunar spare parts depot.
quote: The private sector also showed strong interest in lunar hotels and bases in the past...