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Out of the Blue

The other day I mentioned the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, and on this day in 1969 the phrase "the eagle has landed" was immortalized as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to reach the moon. One small step for man…

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31. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 24, 2011, 01:02 Mr. Tact
 
It is depressing because I wanted to see it. Doesn't have anything to do with the progress of civilization.  
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30. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2011, 11:20 Dades
 
Why is that depressing? I'm sure the dying generation who saw car prototypes saw the same thing. Our progress is our progress, we have to be happy with what we can accomplish.  
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 22, 2011, 08:38 Mr. Tact
 
Anytime I think about it, it depresses me that I will not live to see interstellar space travel. Will it ever happen? Not without a currently unforeseen break through. *sigh*  
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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2011, 10:41 kanniballl
 
Capella wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 13:58:

What did Tyson say in that clip the other day, 5 or .5 cents on the dollar is what NASA cost tax payers? What we need is a new space race to spark interest again. Wonder what happens if another country starts planning a trip to Mars?


Lately it's been about ~0.6% of the federal budget, meaning 0.6-cents (or $0.006) of every dollar spent from the budget.

Since I believe we out-spend our income from taxes I'd say that's less that 0.5-cents for every dollar you spend on Federal taxes. So if you made $60,000 before taxes, then you probably contributed less than $130 to NASA.
 
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27. Re: What bugs me... Jul 21, 2011, 08:26 kanniballl
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 13:57:
What bugs me about the whole moon landing "hoax" nonsense is how stubborn the hoax-believers are.

You realize these guys are out to make money right? So naturally they are not in anyway interested in anything other then what supports thier "facts" which sell books, videos, whatever... now the folks who give these people money, well there just morons.

Except one hoax-believer I met was while I was in college. He was a student in a couple of my classes and he was a dyed-in-the-wool believer. He wasn't making money off and didn't have a website or anything. As mentioned, he was stubborn but not to the extreme points as some of the people you see on TV.
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 17:23 Sir Graves
 
If it wasn't so dang SCORCHING out and there weren't so dang many mosquitos in the evening when it's muggy like this, I'd get my telescope out and look at the moon (or bark at it).  
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 15:56 Jim
 
Technically, Apollo 8 was the first to reach the Moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first to reach the surface] of the Moon.

Today is also the 35th anniversary of the first landing on Mars by the Viking 1 lander.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/missiondetails.cfm?mission=Viking
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 15:19 Creston
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 15:15:
Yeah, but you guys have it pretty dry comparitively. I love me a good dry heat, but the humidty sucks balls.

Yeah, that dryness cannot be found in Tulsa, OK. Last Saturday it was 104 with a humidity of 93%, and a heat index of 111.

So really, Cutter, quit yer whining about your 91!

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23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 15:18 Creston
 
nin wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 13:30:
Creston wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 12:15:
Think they're having much lulz now?

Creston


Anonymous /= lulsec?


They're pretty much one and the same. Lulzsec split off, and then got "reintegrated" into anon.

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22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 15:17 nin
 

Yeah, but you guys have it pretty dry comparitively. I love me a good dry heat, but the humidty sucks balls.


I think you're thinking of Arizona.

 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 15:15 Cutter
 
Yeah, but you guys have it pretty dry comparitively. I love me a good dry heat, but the humidty sucks balls.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 14:12 nin
 
It's 33/91.4 atm and you can tack on another 10 degrees with the humidex. Tomorrow though it's suppose to be 38/100.4, ouch.

Come down south. It's been 101-105 here for the past two weeks.

No end in sight, either.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 14:09 Cutter
 
Talk about Africa hot, man it's insane out there right now. It's 33/91.4 atm and you can tack on another 10 degrees with the humidex. Tomorrow though it's suppose to be 38/100.4, ouch. And again with the humidex it'll be another 10 degrees more brutal...been a while since I've felt 110 in the shade.  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 14:09 space captain
 
its an issue of thinking which says "im right, you're wrong.. so you must be the opposite of what i am"  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 13:58 Capella
 
It's not just for Bob the Hippie, it's for you, your grandkids and their grandkids. It has nothing to do with mother gaia or greenpeace.

Fucking A! I have never understood nor will I ever understand why the environment is a Red or Blue issue. We all live on the same fucking planet!

The benefits of the space program are felt in everything from medicine to jet design to plant growth. It's pretty damned important and the cost on a per tax payer basis is pretty reasonable if you look at the overall returns we get instead of just the landmark moments.

What did Tyson say in that clip the other day, 5 or .5 cents on the dollar is what NASA cost tax payers? What we need is a new space race to spark interest again. Wonder what happens if another country starts planning a trip to Mars?

 
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16. Re: What bugs me... Jul 20, 2011, 13:57 Yosemite Sam
 
What bugs me about the whole moon landing "hoax" nonsense is how stubborn the hoax-believers are.

You realize these guys are out to make money right? So naturally they are not in anyway interested in anything other then what supports thier "facts" which sell books, videos, whatever... now the folks who give these people money, well there just morons.

Rosewell, AFAIK, that whole "alien story" came about years after the fact, coincidentally it came out after the airforce annouced they were closing the base... pretty much the towns only source of employment... then "hey there were aliens here" and the money rolled in.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 13:42 Verno
 
They also arrested a LulzSec member in London or something.  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 13:30 nin
 
Creston wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 12:15:
Think they're having much lulz now?

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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 13:18 MajorD
 
Verno wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 13:10:
PHJF wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 12:28:
Once we get things taken care of on this planet, then lets move on to other regions.

Getting things taken care of? We're destroying the planet.

Not really. We're potentially destroying our ability to sustain ourselves on this planet but the planet itself will be just fine without us. As long as it doesn't get obliterated by a meteor or the sun decides to supernova, earth will go on just fine without the human species as it did for billions of years beforehand. That's what so frustrating about people with no vision who dismiss all environmental concerns as fringe interests. It's not just for Bob the Hippie, it's for you, your grandkids and their grandkids. It has nothing to do with mother gaia or greenpeace.

Yeah, well, try telling people who have to choose between rent and eating what value NASA brings to their lives. Once we get things taken care of on this planet, then lets move on to other regions.

The benefits of the space program are felt in everything from medicine to jet design to plant growth. It's pretty damned important and the cost on a per tax payer basis is pretty reasonable if you look at the overall returns we get instead of just the landmark moments.

Great points and well said Verno!

 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2011, 13:13 MajorD
 

Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2011, 12:47:
.....so if we can't even get out shit straight on this planet it's going to be the same anywhere else we go.

Wow, I couldn't agree with you more there man. Human nature at its best, and unfortunately it will never change.

 
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