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    What the hell? You just gotta love our governments purchasing agents...
from Gridleak  
8/3/2012 6:59:09 PM



WASHINGTON (AP) - NASA picked three aerospace companies Friday to build small rocketships to take astronauts to the International Space Station.

This is the third phase of NASA's efforts to get private space companies to take over the job of the now-retired space shuttle. The companies will share more than $1.1 billion. Two of the ships are capsules like in the Apollo era and the third is closer in design to the space shuttle.

Once the spaceships are built, NASA plans to hire the private companies to taxi astronauts into space within five years. Until they are ready, NASA is paying Russia about $63 million per astronaut to do the job.

Whoa! Stop right there. Re-read that last sentence "Until they are ready, NASA is paying Russia about $63 million per astronaut to do the job."

Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but seems to me the russians were charging private tourists to be taxied back and forth to the space station for $20 million each. Gee, I'm thinkin' a good, repete business customer like NASA could get a discounted rate off the 20 million... much more so off $63,000,000. Ya' think? Mr Obama?

Gridleak (renegotiate me crowbar)

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   maybe they get lunch from MikeF  8/3/2012 9:54:25 PM
 I'm sure brad can explain why he's an expert on everything

   I realize that space shuttles are old technology from Skipper  8/3/2012 11:07:48 PM
 A radio shack trs80 computer had not been thought of when they built those. That said you would think that somewhere in the last 35 years some mastermind would have built a new model.

   Are you saying... from Funky  8/4/2012 12:33:01 AM
 Obama out-sourced the space program?

Surely you must be mistaken... after all the shit he's given Romney about out-sourcing jobs, he would never do such a thing!

   We chose our priorities from Brad  8/4/2012 1:06:19 AM
 post 911, we chose to spend our dollars on defeating the threat of iraqi nuclear weapons! We were united!

And despite the fact that we were successful beyond our wildest imagination* people persist in complaining...

I'm tellin ya, some people just can't get enough of a bad thing..

On a brighter note: The Rover Curiosity lands on Mars this wednesday!

For those of you who prefer a visual depiction, turn the sound down:

For those who prefer the more technical aspect of this inncredible feat:


This ain't the space station~!

   By the time 9-11 hit from Skipper  8/4/2012 8:55:55 AM
 The shuttles were 22 years old on average. I fail to see what that had to do with someone not paying attention to the age, condition, and design of the vehicles in their fleet.

   we have 46M people on the dole; we're lucky the feds can afford a car or two from MikeF  8/4/2012 8:58:22 AM
 Actually since we're $16T in debt they technically couldn't afford a Yugo.

   7 minutes of terror- from Brad  8/4/2012 4:44:34 PM
  Watch that second vid~

I can't wait, this is going to be the coolest achievement in many years.

Bookmark this for the latest updates, this is going to be a very big event!


   please, nobody respond to Brad the spinster from RJR  8/4/2012 6:15:10 PM
 and don't click on his link. Brad Mongeau is an ultimate idiot who obviously needs attention and just wants to troll around forever. Brad is the lowest scum of liberalism in the world.

   I'd give a $100 to watch... from Funky  8/4/2012 9:42:54 PM
 the exciting look on bwadley's face when he tunes in Wednesday to watch, only to discover it landed (or crashed) three days earlier.

I'm sure it'll be Bush's fault!

   Dang it Funky... from Gridleak  8/4/2012 10:50:13 PM

I had already decided this afternoon not to correct him.

You suck, heh haha.


   I debated it. from Funky  8/4/2012 11:54:46 PM
 But since he never reads anything comprehensively or listens to anything I have to say, I figured I was OK.

   Well, you've got a point there. In addition to that though, I've got a problem with all this "terror" hype... from Gridleak  8/5/2012 8:16:41 AM

The problem with this landing is it takes seven minutes to penetrate the atmosphere (1/100th that of Earth) and it takes seven minutes after that for the signal to reach earth lettin' flight control know if it landed or crashed.

Seven minutes of terror would be if someone was actually on board, ridin' the thing down, and not knowing if you they are gonna die in the next seven minutes.

Seven minutes of terror... no.

Seven minutes of suspense... okay.


   Ok Funkydelic, that was funny... from Brad  8/5/2012 8:22:38 PM
 got the day wrong, but i will be up tonight watching this incredible effort, as will you:)-

Grid, terror was their word, not mine. But if you think about what is at stake here, this event is extremely important to the future of the space program.

This has all the elements of the greatset sports event ever! And this is relevent to boot~

   Yeah, no, I wasn't attributing the term to you... from Gridleak  8/5/2012 8:56:34 PM

I've been seeing "7 minutes of terror" bandied about for the last week or so on television and the internet.

Personally I don't see the landing as being an earth shattering event. It will either make it or crash. If it makes it then it will be easier for NASA to go back to congress for more money. If it crashes then it will slow mars exploration... and money, for a while.

Again, personally, I would rather see them spend the money on colonizing the moon. It is way cheaper and the lessons we learned could be used down the road if we at some later date choose to go to mars. While the moon may or may not have any mineral value, it's scientific value would be immesurable. I think mars is just too far away and too expensive to be of any real value at this time.


   Grid, down the road... from Brad  8/5/2012 9:09:23 PM
 If we ever decide to go back to the moon, there will be a day when these scientists and engineers will be invited to be a part of that project--They posess a rare expertise that will be valuable for generations..

can't you feel all of that human energy concentrating on tonights events? There are thousands of geniuses waiting for one monent--that doesn't happen very often..

This is BIG!

   This is beans, and to borrow one of your favorite phrases... from Gridleak  8/5/2012 9:26:02 PM

What looms large in the mind will fail to materialize in reality.

Or something there abouts.

This is not landing men, alive, on the moon and bringing them home Brad. This is coming in hot and dropping a 1.2 billion dollar cupcake to the surface... hopefully in one piece. The "terror" part comes into play as the mission scientists, and technicians wait seven minutes to know whether or not they still have a job in the morning.

In this economy... that's real terror.


   Since you feel that way, i forbid you from looking at any of the pictures! from Brad  8/5/2012 10:47:48 PM
 Sorry to do that to you, but this is a bright spot in our advancement in technology and you are personally raining on the parade(

Being a techie terself, can't believe you aren't digging this...


   watch it live here: from Brad  8/5/2012 11:19:36 PM
   Yes~! from Brad  8/6/2012 1:57:00 AM

   so brad supports a republican space program from MikeF  8/6/2012 9:20:14 AM
 I thought everything they did was bad.



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