Shuttle Atlantis Launch

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From the NASA Image of the Day

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    10 Responses to Shuttle Atlantis Launch

    1. *fluuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuush*

      (the sound of $104 billion American tax dollars being thrown away on the international space station, not to mention other countries’ contributions)

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    2. oh please,
      drop in the freakin war bucket

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    3. The dinosaurs are extinct because they didn’t have a space program. Let’s not make the same mistake.

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    4. The dinosaurs went extinct because their brains were as big as walnuts. The Jews are not extinct because they invented public education in 64 BC. Giving the poorest members of a marginalized communities a chance to read, write and capitalize on talent that might have otherwise been wasted as an individual slaves away at menial labour. At a time when most European kings could not even read, the Jews were preserving a rich and ancient tradition, as well as advanced concepts in mathematics, medicine and philosophy, in spite of economic and social hardship, as well as frequent violence directed at them.
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      In the modern world, even in the rich countries most people don’t have access to good education, much less in the third world. Now, think of how many potential scientists are wasting away in industrial towns, poor neighbourhoods, distant rural locations and so on. If we spent the money we’ve been spending on the space program to bring educational opportunities to every person on Earth, imagine how much we could multiply our number of scientists, research medics and so on. Frankly, hundreds of thousands of well-equipped geniuses will be far more likely to fight off a potential catastrophe than some dickwads in tin cans with billion-dollar hairdryers.

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    5. @elzarcothepale

      it’s not like they’re doing science up there or anything. or arming their space lasers.

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    6. Educating people in science is only half the equation. The other half is making sure that once all those people are educated, that they can find jobs to put their education to work. It doesn’t do a lot of good to have someone with a PhD in Astrophysics working at Starbuck’s. NASA is one of the ways to put smart people to work. Even though the Space Shuttle and ISS are boondoggles, NASA still does a lot of good research, from the Mars rovers to climatology.

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    7. Fair enough. But they really need to come up with a better photo-op than sending people into space (read the NASA website: it’s all fucking hype and pics and dry biographies of astronauts). All the technology comes from research labs and unis right here on earth, damnit. I bet if they funnelled all that keep-astronaut-alive money into the labs, we could have *cheap* space flight in a few decades.
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      It’s. just.such.a.waste.man. The mind boggles.

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    8. psssh
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      Everyone knows poor people are stupid. Third world countries are like 80% retarded. I read in some place that Indian people are actually fish.
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      I say waste more money. That fucking needs rims and a spoiler.
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      I bet Japanese spaceships look way better and have decals.

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    9. LOL!!! I agree with Magnus.

      I also dig the startrek reference.

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