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if the rumors hold up digging ends with 0207424F recieving no funding in FY04...
originally posted by: anzha
a reply to: SpeedFanatic
dig into copper canyon
originally posted by: humanoidlord
a reply to: mightmight
they have secret launch sites hidden deep in vastly unexplored places like the saahara desert
It really had nothing to do with colonization.
originally posted by: face23785
a reply to: intrptr
A considered use for the space station was to use it as a waypoint for deep space missions. Whether you supply it with the shuttle or a conventional rocket doesn't really have any impact on whether that was feasible or not.
Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster... for when you gaze long into the abyss. The abyss gazes also into you.
originally posted by: Barnalby
a reply to: intrptr
And it's a damn shame that we decided to spend our tax money elsewhere from the late 60s onward.
originally posted by: intrptr
yah, war is much more profitable.
There is no longer a 'space race'.
Theres no real point to living there either. Vacuum and lifeless planets are extremely hostile to life.
Thats part of the reason they stopped all the moon missions and discontinued the shuttle. Manned missions are a waste of time.
Probes, robotic landers and space telescopes are cheaper, more purposeful.
Simple occupying space is not.
There's a few stories about "secret" tasks undertaken by select individuals during conventional NASA missions that cast further doubt on any secret ability to access space - due to their (unintentionally) comedic nature.
That may have been considered at some point but its final design wasn't capable of going to the moon.
I do have to disagree with you on the merits of exploration. It's not a complete waste of money to try to spread out. For the long-term survival of our species, we have to get off this planet eventually. I'm not talking about sci-fi like there's gonna be an alien virus or a zombie apocalypse.