Atheists for a Vigorous Space Program

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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.

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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 TwinDNA on February 23, 2011 at 1:06pm
http://mobile.theonion.com/articles/nasa-completes-52year-mission-t...

I know this isn't a real news article, but it's Hilarious! :)

NASA Kills God.
Comment by George on January 25, 2011 at 12:07am
Very cool

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NASA Solar Sail Stunner

NanoSail-D
Comment by Roy The Infidel on November 24, 2010 at 6:18pm
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on August 20, 2010 at 12:13am
Comment by Dale M. on May 16, 2010 at 6:31pm
not technically the space program, but this is from Frank Drake on www.seti.org.

At the SETI Institute we work every day to expand our knowledge of the nature of life itself, always seeking to provide a bigger picture, one in which all of humanity is united, one intelligent species among perhaps many others in the universe. We must never forget that we are living in the first generation of humans who are able to use technology to reach out into the vast universe in search of cosmic company. We are the first generation of humans capable of discovering our place among the stars.
Comment by Susan Stanko on May 15, 2010 at 9:24am
There was thing that Fox news is good for. Watching the shuttle launch.
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).

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1352-BWB-2010-04-27.mp3
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.
 

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