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NASA Probe to Pluto,,,

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by wasted wages, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. wasted wages

    wasted wages 3/4 ton status

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    Is supposed to blast off this afternoon,,,

    It won't get to Pluto for 9 YEARS !!!!!:eek1:

    9 FRICKIN' YEARS!!!!

    Pluto is 3.7 BILLION :eek1: miles from earth,,,,what the hell could we possibly learn from this, that would help everyday life on this planet????

    Does anyone else see this as a big waste of taxpayers money ????:mad: :mad: :mad:
     
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    We'll learn how to make a better popsicle.

    Besides, exploration is at the core of human nature. Be cool to see what's really there - up close.
     
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    I can't wait. Of course i will have too, but it will be cool....
     
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    There are a lot bigger wastes of money than NASA.

    Damn that queen for giving Columbus his ship in the first place too.
     
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    "There are a lot bigger wastes of money than NASA".


    Do the Mars Polar Lander and the Mars Climate Orbiter ring any bells ???



    "Damn that queen for giving Columbus his ship in the first place too"

    Not even in the same ballpark,,,Columbus had a hope in hell of finding something on this same planet,,,he was just looking for a shorter route,,

    This "probe is going 3.7 billion miles away to a frozen rock. What has space travel to other planets ever found ??
    Rocks and Dust,,,Rocks and Dust,,,BFD,,,
     
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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - With less than three minutes left in the countdown, high winds forced NASA to call off Tuesday's launch of a probe destined to visit Pluto....
     
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    I think it's about learning about the orgins of the planets or universe or something. Do not ask these questions, The goverment and NASA know exactly what the're doing. They will take care of us. Now sit down and keep paying your taxes.:doah: :eek1:
     
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    The earth was flat for quite a while too...am I making any sense?
     
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    Not to be an ass,,,but I would like to believe we are a little bit more advanced today,,and kinda know what we're getting ourselves into before we even send this thing on it's trip,,

    Yeah, I know the whole "finding the new world" thing is important,,,but damn,,,I want the last picture that is ever sent back from this thing to be the business end of the tools of some other life form taking the damn thing apart,,,,,something more than frickin' rocks and dust,,,,hell ,,we know that stuff is out there.
     
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    I took your original argument as more anti-exploration than anti-probe. If you're against the probe, understandable. The mars one was doomed from the start because of stupid human error (forgetting to convert metric) as was the probe that collected solar samples (implementing blueprints backwards).

    I think that there are ways that the pluto probe could be done better or not at all. However, I don't believe that space exploration is a waste of time or money. Exploration is what sets us apart from everything else.
     
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    I like the space program. I'm sure that many consider it a waste, but it is a small waste compared to other things. The fact that human error has screwed some things up is unfortunate, but not a reason to quit.
     
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    What I was trying to say except shorter and better. :waytogo:
     
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    Yeah,,anti probe not anti exploration,,,

    I just don't think there is much more to be gained in space probing cold lifeless rocks,,,science experiments in space for the welfare of man= good
    probing planets for dust and rocks= waste of time and money
     
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    Seriously, I get your point about the rocks and dust stuff, and I dont know what that teaches us. I do know there have been many medical advances made from research done in weightless enviroments. And yeah, it's human nature to explore and find new things. But the $$ part sometimes makes me wonder on these planet explorations. They say knowlage is power. Ahh, I read now your more anti- probe, not space in general. carry on.
     
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    I am willing to bet that when we do finally get pictures back from Pluto, they will be pics of a Wal-Mart with a K-5 parked out front.
     
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    im trying to rember the name of the stuff on the moon that one shipload would produce enough clean energry to power los angles for a year but its slipping my mind
     
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    the fruits of the research we have done in the space program has been a HUGE boost to the scientific knowledge of man kind and the results have been equally significant. Its not about going to the moon and planting a flag and coming home. The amount of knowledge gained from figuring out how to get a man into space, how to build a space craft, how to keep people alive once they are in space, how to overcome the challenges posed by space etc etc etc is astronomical (pun intended).

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    The way I look at it, we can't keep this rate of expansion and hope to stay on this planet forever!
     
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    Am I poking something I shouldn't? :dunno:
     

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