Thoughts on nasa and goverment funding it?

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Thoughts on nasa and goverment funding it?

michael scofield michael scofield
our country is broke but yet we are giving so much money for nasa. do you think they know so much that they dont even tell us? like maybe they know for sure about life on other planets or other things like that? ever think about this? there must be a reason the goverment is still giving money to them and its not just to learn more about the universe.
11/16/2012
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Mwar Mwar
I think NASA should be funded and it should not be cut. In fact, I think we should give them more.

Some Numbers: over the entirety of the Mars rover mission (from building/planning the rover to the 2 year mission completion) it will cost 2.6 billion dollars. That is the course of 8 years, so it's about 325 million per year. So that seems like a lot of money, but let's look at something else we spend on: Defense.

The US is the country that outspends on defense compared to any other country. We spend 670 Billion on defense. With these numbers, we could send out a Rover, or have other advanced mission for NASA, once every 2 weeks.

Or we can look at something else: Religion. We give churches tax exempt status. This costs us 71 billion dollars a year.

There's also the "war on drugs" that costs over 15 billion a year.

Obesity costs us over 150 billion dollars a year in healthcare costs.

I feel space, science, and giving kids the sense of wonder, knowledge, and imagination is of a higher priority than organized religions and a paranoid defense. Then again, I'm a scientist and know the hell it is to even apply for grants to do some potentially great research.
11/16/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Mwar
I think NASA should be funded and it should not be cut. In fact, I think we should give them more.

Some Numbers: over the entirety of the Mars rover mission (from building/planning the rover to the 2 year mission completion) it will cost 2.6 ...
THIS!!!
11/16/2012
Voir Voir
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Originally posted by Mwar
I think NASA should be funded and it should not be cut. In fact, I think we should give them more.

Some Numbers: over the entirety of the Mars rover mission (from building/planning the rover to the 2 year mission completion) it will cost 2.6 ...
THIS THIS THIS
yes
11/16/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
I think it would be a shame to just let it go. Anything to help bring it around, we as a nation should do.
11/16/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
Cutting funding for NASA is a horrible idea. Even if you don't want to look at it from the exploration point of view, consider this: The areas surrounding the space center were some of the most economically devastated areas in the country. Not only was there the recession, but thousands lost their jobs when the shuttle program closed. Stop funding NASA (and so the contractors that NASA uses) and you will kill whole towns.
11/16/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
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Originally posted by SneakersAndPearls
Cutting funding for NASA is a horrible idea. Even if you don't want to look at it from the exploration point of view, consider this: The areas surrounding the space center were some of the most economically devastated areas in the country. Not ...
Isn't the town closing up as we speak?
11/16/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Quote:
Originally posted by SneakersAndPearls
Cutting funding for NASA is a horrible idea. Even if you don't want to look at it from the exploration point of view, consider this: The areas surrounding the space center were some of the most economically devastated areas in the country. Not ...
Isn't the town closing up as we speak?
11/16/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
Nasa just isn't exploration, they have developed many things that we use in everyday life. I cannot list them all of the top of my head but the space program is why we have Velcro.
11/16/2012
GONE! GONE!
Well, I would certainly not mind if we quit funding wars and violence and gave the money to NASA instead but I don't see that happening ever.
11/17/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
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Originally posted by SneakersAndPearls
Cutting funding for NASA is a horrible idea. Even if you don't want to look at it from the exploration point of view, consider this: The areas surrounding the space center were some of the most economically devastated areas in the country. Not ...
I never said i want them to cut it? Im facinated with space and the planets I think people misunderstood what i was saying
11/17/2012
SneakersAndPearls SneakersAndPearls
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Originally posted by michael scofield
I never said i want them to cut it? Im facinated with space and the planets I think people misunderstood what i was saying
Apologies. I saw "our country is broke but yet we are giving so much money for nasa" and the rest, if I am completely honest, was kind of background noise.
11/17/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Quote:
Originally posted by SneakersAndPearls
Cutting funding for NASA is a horrible idea. Even if you don't want to look at it from the exploration point of view, consider this: The areas surrounding the space center were some of the most economically devastated areas in the country. Not ...
We still are economically devastated (I live on the Space Coast). Forbes declared our county the worst area in the nation for finding a job, and I'm living proof of it (unemployed three years now because no one is hiring).

NASA is still in operation - there's still plenty of military and communication contracts going on, and we have rocket launches every other week or once a month. The loss of the shuttle program, though, mostly hit local businesses because we lost the shuttle tourism. Despite the Vistors' Complex expanding, it's not enough to keep us going and just about everyone who isn't in the government or an engineer earns minimum wage because the rest of the jobs are retail and food service (geared for tourism).

Not to mention we're a cultural wasteland, so there's really no reason to visit here. The only reason Brevard county was settled at all was because of NASA ... otherwise, this place is miserable.
11/17/2012
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