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David Wagner
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9/29/2014 | 2:21:55 PM
Re: Mars One
@Mak63- Well, I suspect they have a lot of good options. Also, I suspect that they are slowing down the selection because they know the technology isn't ready.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 6:31:08 PM
Re: In my lifetime, wow
@kstaron- I doubt there's room for a cooling off room. I suspect the best you can hope for is to roll over and look out the window. I can imagine after 501 days you're tired of hearing the other person breathing. 

Still, I have to say, the idea of 501 days of time with my wife with no major job, no daily life distractions, no phone ringing or anything sounds appealing. I'd just prefer it on a beach in Hawaii. :)
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 6:16:18 PM
Re: Mars mission blowback: It takes forever to get fast food
@Charlie- If Pizza Hut gets there first, maybe you cna go. I'm starting to feel like commercial (or at least non-government) missions seem to have a better chance at succeeded. I can imagine Pizza Hut or Starbucks or some big brand wanting to put a franchise on Mars as part of a sponsorship deal.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 6:13:25 PM
Re: Mars
@ubuda301- I think you are right. There was a recent report that came out thast said NASA's "flexible approach" is making harder for them to get to Mars. They are not building MArs specific vehicles. They are still talking about how the rocket they are making could take them to the moon, a near-earth asteroid or Mars. 

A Mars-specific lifter would make me happier.
Laurianne
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9/26/2014 | 3:32:34 PM
Re: Mars mission blowback: It takes forever to get fast food
Charlie has finally found a weakness in Amazon's distribution system, LOL. Seriously, I hope to experience space travel in my lifetime. I would love to take a trip to fly around the moon instead of to Florida for once in my old age. And I love Florida.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 2:21:24 PM
Re: science is a way
@Some guy- I see your joke there. But there's a serious point. The best part about the voyages of discovery are that they yielded unexpected benefits (though we'd be remiss without mentioning unexpected negative impacts as well). Improved ships, better navigation, a general boost in technology. Forget the economic benefits and you still see value. Add those economic ones (which admittedly carry cultural baggage) and it is a slam dunk for anyone except who the Europeans dunked on.

Hopefully, Mars will provide a more socially acceptable outcome while still gaining the technological and economic benefits.
Charlie Babcock
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9/26/2014 | 2:07:28 PM
Mars mission blowback: It takes forever to get fast food
Count me as fainthearted, but I am not seeking a seat on the first human-occupied spaceship heading for Mars. I like to travel but a destination 450 million miles away would use up all my combined frequent flyer miles. Just getting a pizza delivered takes ForEver, and even Amazon Prime doesn't make deliveries there, and I thought they had distribution centers everywhere.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 1:01:16 PM
Re: Mangalyaan
@ArijitR071- I'm sorry you don't like the characterizaiton. I meant no offense. You have every right to brag. You SHOULD brag. You got a craft to Mars. You did it with what appeared to be ease and skill. You did it cheaply and it will be the first of many great successes. 

If you didn't brag about that, I don't know what you get to brag about.

More importantly, I quoted the source of the bragging in the article. And frankly, it is a great brag. Hollywood can't make pretend space for less than India brought us real space. In every way it was meant as a compliment.

But again, I apologize for offending. That was not the intention at all.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 12:56:20 PM
Re: science is a way
@billbo31- Well, I won't argue over the debt itself. But i will say there are two ways out of an economic problem-- you can shrink your spending and sit in a shell for decades or you can grow your wealth. The space program has a long trakc record of creating products with commerical viability, and the NASA budget is a tiny fraction of the federal budget. Investing in the country's future needs to be a part of any budget.
David Wagner
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9/26/2014 | 12:53:56 PM
Re: Three points.
@Staphne Parent- It is interesting. They're both very daunting. Going and returning is hard. Going and staying is just as hard. Surviving the radiation, learning to deal with the different gravity, getting enough water for people and for growing food, learning to live on a diet of what can grow there, medical care and dealing with the isolation are just some of the obvious problems. 

I'm not sure which I'd call easier. 
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