Sources: SpaceX, CBS News
quote: However, as I recall on the Challenger there was some indication that the crew survived the explosions, just not the long fall.
quote: People who believe Government action is inherently safer, more cost effective, or somehow preferable to the private sector are idiots. Plain and simple.
quote: Greta idea! Lets trust the Fannie Maes and Freddy Macs of the world to run free, unfettered by regulation. They'll sort it out!
quote: debt issued by them implicitly had the full faith and credit of the United States behind it, making them pseudo-Treasury bonds.
quote: The fact is, their own literature states that they have no backing of the US government:
quote: The Private Sector as administrators will always win, because there's an innate source of accountability in the form of the consumers right to choose -- assuming that competition exists. Regulation is intended to protect the existence of competition, and shouldn't go beyond that. Once the Government becomes competition, it destroys the Economic ecosystem.
quote: I'm in favor of commercializing space but I'm sure that governments will need to regulate safety and piloting just as they do with ships and aircraft.
quote: NASA displayed the typical careless and incompetent day-to-day operation you'll find in every Government run agency. NO private organization would be run this poorly.
quote: Neil Armstrong. "commercializing space would lead to safety issues and cost the taxpayers at some point"
quote: What I think NASA should be doing is releasing some sort of "5 Star Safety rating" for space rockets, e.g. fire retardant electrical wiring, not use 100% oxygen atmosphere, not have lumps of ice form on one part of the rocket that can fall off and damage re-entry shielding during launch, making sure the rocket can be launched in the lowest known temperature at Florida (or wherever), making sure all interworking modules use the same units (e.g. all metric units), making sure oxygen tanks won't explode when the stirring motor is turned on, guarantees the fuel tanks will be filled to the brim at lift off, no re-entry shield failure during re-entry, etc. I think they should do that, and then if Musk (or whoever) gets 5 stars, then it's pretty obvious his rocket is about as safe as it can get, but if he gets two, then the American public can understand why NASA won't commit themselves to using that rocket.
quote: I'm not buying into the whole idea that cool space gadgets will somehow "advance" the human race.
quote: I would love to reply but I feel like trying to discuss this topic with someone who apparently lacks the mental ability to see further than what's on his nose would be a waste of time.
quote: They already have, 100% fact. Sorry. But I'll be sure to send a memo to NASA telling them to get right on that "curing cancer" agenda...
quote: The ultimate question is could we have brought the same findings without proxy?
quote: NASA has done some great things, but they haven't cured cancer.
quote: What are the top reasons why we should continue to spend billions of dollars that we don't have?
quote: Department of DefenseDepartment of Health and Human Services including Medicare and MedicaidDepartment of EducationDepartment of Veterans AffairsDepartment of Housing and Urban DevelopmentDepartment of State and Other International ProgramsDepartment of Homeland SecurityDepartment of EnergyDepartment of JusticeDepartment of Agriculture
quote: Since you are singling out the space program, I will assume that you are implying that the following areas where significantly more "billions" are being spent are worthwhile and a good use of taxpayer money:
quote: My main issue is that we spend a tremendous amount of money on stuff that just turns out to be "pretty neat" rather than things that can be thought of as mind blowing revolutions
quote: I'm not at all placing $0 value on scientific research; I just refuse to believe that billions spent on a deep space probe satellite will somehow magically cure the looming food and clean water shortage problems.
quote: What innovation has been brought to the world by NASA's deep space program that couldn't have been independently researched?
quote: Honestly, there's way to many variables here for your to have any idea whether cutting spaceflight and dumping the money into social programs would have any impact, much less a major one.
quote: If we ever make it to interstellar space, we will find thousands or dead world covered in the ruins of civilizations that made a cost benefit analysis of space travel.
quote: We want to spend 10's and 100's of billions on space exploration, yet we cant figure out how not to spend more than we have here in the U.S. I think fixing a broken government and society here on planet earth is required before we start playing in space . I'm all for scientific exploration, but lets be real. Nothing of gain has been discovered that can compare against the amount of money spent.
quote: I think were we are now is more of a society problem than a science problem.
quote: I think I would rather spend my taxes on helping our nation become energy independent rather than building a new telescope to see extra-solar planets.
quote: If you used your cellphone to place a long distance call today, it worked because of satellites launched as a result of the unmanned space program
quote: Solar power? Space program developed it before anyone conceived of the need for it on Earth.
quote: The free market doesn't do "leap of faith."