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No more space?...

by shmody / January 28, 2010 11:05 AM PST

There is probably a tome I could write about the news that NASA's constellation program is on the chopping block. There are hundreds of pros and cons. I won't go into them here. For now, I'll just going to say that I've got an empty feeling in my stomach about it, even though I could kinda see it coming from miles away...

And also, be aware that NASA stands for "National Aeronautics and Space Administration". It was set up from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Do not forget about the first A in NASA - that's a big reason why wind shear among many, MANY things are not considered a big problem anymore for passenger aircraft.
Further, NASA doing more global environmental science is great, but they better have a good reason why and ensure there's no double work. I contend that NASA works best as an aerospace R&D organization - not a "Save the World" organization. For more insights on this, please see my related writings: http://www.core77.com/blog/business/alex_steffen_on_obama_science_and_nasa_12570.asp


And for a deeper look into the whole topic, consider the following:

For the final report by the Augustine commission the future of NASA's space program, see the following:
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/hsf/home/index.html
http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/396093main_HSF_Cmte_FinalReport.pdf

And this quorum on the cost effectiveness of space exploration:
http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/is-space-exploration-worth-the-cost-a-freakonomics-quorum/

Very best,
Shalin

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NASA Day of Remembrance; India's manned space plans...
by shmody / January 29, 2010 1:16 AM PST
In reply to: No more space?...

NASA Day of Remembrance; India's manned space plans...

NASA Day of Remembrance - Remembering those who lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery...
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/dor10/


India's manned space mission plans:
http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/01/29/india.manned.space.mission/index.html?hpt=T2
excerpt:
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The cost of the proposed mission is estimated at $4.8 billion, said S. Satish, spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Studies have begun on the design of the crew capsules that will be used to put a pair of astronauts 300 kilometers aloft for seven days, he said. The project budget has been sent for federal approval, he added.

A training facility for astronauts will also be built in southern India as part of the program, which Satish said would be solely Indian.
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For the U.S., in one sense, that it no longer takes a government to pursue use of space is a good thing, but that it may simply become "popular" and not soo much an "honorable pursuit" is...too bad.

Best,
Shalin

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Of course...
by Slikkster / January 29, 2010 1:53 AM PST

There's always room for pet projects --aka "earmarks"-- in these budgets, but alas, none for something so vital like space exploration.

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Whoa - we may not go to the Moon, but everywhere else ;)
by shmody / February 1, 2010 7:59 AM PST
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Whoa - we may not go to the Moon, but everywhere else Wink

This is totally going by the Augustine comissions

http://www.nasa.gov/news/budget/index.html

Press conference (1.25hrs): http://www.nasa.gov/mp3/421316main_2010-02-01_FY2011_Budget_teleconference.mp3

2011 NASA budget presentation (22 slides): http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/420990main_FY_201_%20Budget_Overview_1_Feb_2010.pdf

Buzz Aldrin statement: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/421062main_Buzz_Aldrin_Statement.pdf

Norm Augustine statement: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/421061main_augustine_statement.pdf

Lots of robotic and other advanced technologies...

huh...this is shaping up to be something surprisingly interesting...

Best,
Shalin

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