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s_anode
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s_anode   5/12/2011 1:38:27 PM
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Did the space shuttle become such a huge dollar an jobs program that it was extended long beyond it was technically justified? Did this block or delay developement of other less expensive launch systems? Is there any justification to the adage that the space station was built so the shuttle would have somewhere to go?

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JLS   5/12/2011 11:36:11 PM
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These appear to be questions asked in a way that look for a specific answer, as in the second category in the article. Any time you analyze with an agenda, you get the answers you want, not the truth.

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Sheetal.Pandey   5/14/2011 5:46:57 PM
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Space shuttle program is the most risky and expensive program. But I guess the people who get into space shuttle program understand the risks involved. The article covers all good and relevant questions.

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resistion   5/14/2011 11:51:28 PM
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This is a big blackeye for US. Now US has to hitch a ride with the Russians to the space station, until some private company re-develops the shuttle. Now the big goal is Mars or asteroid, by rocket. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110513/ap_on_sc/us_space_shuttle_q_a

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Robotics Developer   5/15/2011 12:20:01 AM
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I would like to know what projects were canceled or not started due to the resources being used on the shuttle program. As a taxpayer, I wonder if the cost was worth it? Could we have sent a manned mission to Mars if we had not done the shuttle program? Could we use (or could we have used - past tense now) the shuttle program to "clean up" the orbiting trash that will continue to endanger future space craft in or near earth orbit?

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resistion   5/15/2011 12:47:21 AM
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For almost four decades, it was useful at least in the cold war for American glory. But now the overdue fiscals and cold war adversaries have caught up.

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Battar   5/15/2011 6:11:09 AM
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We would have got far more return on investment if NASA had concentrated solely on unmanned missions, using robotic craft and telemetry. There is hardly any worthwhile space research that actually required a human in space and can't be achieved with remote sensors, - faster, cheaper, and safer.

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agk   5/15/2011 1:45:01 PM
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Batter I also think in your line. Risking lives is really not pleasant especially to their kith and kin. if and only to learn what happens to the human body mind health system when that is placed in space needs astronauts to travel.

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Shallowford   5/16/2011 2:18:55 PM
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What can be done to streamline validation of man-rated equipment? It's shameful that NASA was out buying used and outdated 8" floppy drives for replacement shuttle hardware because they were the only ones approved. Astronaut Mike Mullane said in "Riding Rockets" that the shuttle computer was so lacking in capacity that only the launch software could be stored liftoff. The mission software and re-entry sequence had to be transferred from an astronaut's laptop computer after orbit was achieved. I understand the needs for and costs of proper validation but using 40 year old computer technology that is 35 years out of production carries its own risks. Our space program has relied on the "space truck" for too long and appears to have lost the ability to develop new systems. Orion might have been a financial sink hole but at least it was something new.

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twk   5/16/2011 9:49:18 PM
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I am saddened by a number of the comments above that belittle one of the worlds most significant achievements with political opposition and the age old saw about loss of life. Those good men who gave their lives in that endeavor and the loved ones they left behind knew full well what they entered into and did so with an attitude that I am afraid very few these days are able to understand. That attitude caused similar good men to sail due west from England for the first time, caused them to find out what was in the interior of the African continent, and caused them to dig a ditch across some pretty miserable terrain called panama. Without that willingness, bravery, boldness, or whatever you wish to label it most of the good things we take for granted these days would be missing or harder to enjoy. The politics of today have very nearly stopped such honerable endeavors because so many diverse and devicive interests will not allow anything but their personal pet ideas go foreward. cost and danger are the common stopping issue and are also the common hallmark of the best history can show us. We are protecting ourselves, and spending our resources on things that encourage and support those who do nothing to the extent that our very civilization has begun it's decline. We are by our politics and economics bringing progress itself to a halt. I look back with satisfaction and forward with dispair and personally hope I can enjoy the rest of my time here before life deteriorates to far. Those who will propose anything negative about that piece of history better be proposing something much better or butt out.

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