Atheists for a Vigorous Space Program


Atheists for a Vigorous Space Program

This is a group for atheists who are interested in encouraging and fostering an effective space program for the purpose of exploration, technological development, resource development, energy production, and the long term survival of humanity.

Location: EARTH
Members: 151
Latest Activity: Dec 15, 2016



Discussion Forum

Weird Dust Ring Discovered Near Venus Orbit

Started by Steph S. Nov 21, 2013. 0 Replies

cientists have…Continue

The Challenger Disaster - Discovery Channel

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 17, 2013. 7 Replies

Last night I watched a well-done dramatization of the investigation into the catastrophic events of 28 January, 1986, when at 73 seconds into the 51L shuttle mission, the Space Shuttle Challenger was…Continue

Tags: investigation, disaster, Donald Kutyna, Sally Ride, Challenger

We're NASA and We Know It!

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17, 2012. 0 Replies

Gettin' DOWN with Curiosity, y'all!Continue

Tags: MSL, Curiosity, NASA

Space Advocacy: Harder Than Rocket Science?

Started by Sarah Walton. Last reply by Nathan Hevenstone Apr 14, 2012. 1 Reply

In his article Jeff Carr suggests that space advocacy is harder than rocket science. More to the point, public relations and marketing is hard. …Continue

Tags: public relations, space advocacy

Human Colonization of Space- A Kind of "Manifest Destiny?"

Started by Mrina. Last reply by Nicholas K. Apr 6, 2012. 23 Replies

Will we do it at some point anyway or do we need to be trying a lot harder now to achieve it? On a similar note, does planetary protection of Mars matter? Should we be THIS careful, or should we just…Continue

International Space Apps Challenge April 21-22 2012

Started by Sarah Walton Mar 10, 2012. 0 Replies

If someone here is a member of any coding groups could you please pass them on to them? Or anyone else with the skills and interest to help out? Events in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Oxford, Exeter,…Continue

Tags: science, citizen, NASA, ISS

While colonizing space (moon, Mars, etc.) what sort of government will be created(decided upon) by the people who will do the colonization?

Started by AtheistTech. Last reply by Madhukar Kulkarni Jan 7, 2012. 12 Replies

My guess is that primarily scientists will be the ones colonizing the Moon and Mars. If I am right, then I would venture to say that they will create a government that will be more desirable to the…Continue

NOAA Warns Of Gap In Future Forecasting Abilities

Started by George Aug 27, 2011. 0 Replies

NPR Interview with Scientific American writer David Biello about Congress' fund slashing for vital satellites that monitor the earth's weather.…Continue

Tags: science, weather, hurricane, forecasting, NASA

My Opinion: Our best hope..

Started by AtheistTech Jan 29, 2011. 0 Replies

I think the people at the web site below have our best hope of a technology that will provide cheap and safe transportation to low earth orbit. No rocket fuel needed for the trip up or down, but…Continue

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by JstN Earthling Jun 6, 2010. 4 Replies

Cape Canaveral, Florida (CNN) -- Friday's test launch of the Falcon 9 rocket was "essentially a bullseye," SpaceX officials said after the rocket successfully pushed past the earth's atmosphere and…Continue

Tags: Dragon, Falcon 9, Space X, NASA

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Comment by James H on May 14, 2010 at 10:28pm
Robert Zubrin talking about the Obama Space Program on the Space Show (April 27, 2010).
Comment by Loren Miller on May 12, 2010 at 4:50pm
Hey, you will NEVER hear me throw stones at Burt Rutan; the guy is a fraggin' GENIUS. I would LOVE to see him or someone like him successfully mount a privately funded mission to orbit and return, and I have no doubt but that NASA would like to see it as well. My point is simple: that there is a massive difference between what they've done to date and what they NEED to do to put a spacecraft in stable Earth orbit and then return it.
Comment by Loren Miller on May 12, 2010 at 10:23am
The space shuttle was a great idea which ran headlong into the whole issue of maintenance costs. I don't have hard numbers (though I could probably find 'em if I bothered), but the cost to recondition a shuttle after a mission and prep it for the next one was a LOT more than was anticipated. With Constellation, they at least have a reusable booster system.

As for Burt Rutan's approach, he has it easy: Spaceship One doesn't go anywhere NEAR 17,500 mph, and if it did, it would have the same reentry heat problems that every spacecraft that DOES orbit the earth does. Thus far, all he's done is suborbital flights, with a top speed no greater than Mach 3 (around 2,100 mph). Orbital flights require a LOT more energy going up and the ability to dissipate a LOT more energy coming down.
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 12, 2010 at 9:20am
Rockets are working just fine for the Russians.
Comment by Jared Lardo on May 11, 2010 at 9:44pm
I think this should be relevant to your interests. I get the feeling that someone's probably posted it before, but if so, here it is again. 500-fps video of Apollo 11 launch.
Comment by Mrina on April 29, 2010 at 2:46pm
Oh no!! That video is so depressing. It almost looks like the payload weighed so much the balloon had no chance to get it off the ground... but like the article says, even well-planned balloon launches go awry unexpectedly. I feel terrible for the grad students whose dissertation hopes lay on the data collected by that balloon.
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on April 29, 2010 at 2:36pm
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on April 29, 2010 at 8:00am
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on April 21, 2010 at 8:31pm
Damn it Stargaze5..I didnt get the message in time. My bust, I should be checkin everyday :-(
Comment by Gecko, of Richie! on April 21, 2010 at 8:30pm
Cian I agree with your concerns about NASA, unfortunately I think it will take ALOT of private interest to get the programme where it needs to be. I LOVE the Russian program for it's gutsiness!! And I would fly with them in a heartbeat! I dont think they have enough funding either.
I felt a little better after the Presidents speech the other day. But the proof will be on the doing. He seems to think (as I do) that MARS DIRECT is the way to go. Plenty at NASA dont think so I disagree..They have become entrenched in their institutional thinking possibly. Obviously Im guessing here as I dont work for NASA. But the original Orion programme I was not crazy about!
I soo wish Europe would get more involved, and the Japanese!

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