Kerbal7

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  1. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    Example. I'd like to find out what's going on, if anything, under the ice of Europa. That's not going to happen with astronauts anytime soon, if ever. If it's done it's going to be done with robotics. I'd have invested heavily in the robotic explorations of Europa, Enceladus, Titan, etc. I'd have robots all over these moons. Possible life. Human spaceflight is a stunt. And that's fine if it inspires people into science fields and the money invested is secondary to real science.
  2. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    I was unimpressed with the list you provided knowing it cost $150,000,000,000. For example, LASIK was on your list. I was wearing corrective lenses before the ISS. 150 Billion dollars later I'm still wearing corrective lenses and no worse for wear. I see many other people wearing corrective lenses too. So the ISS hasn't been all that for the ophthalmologist. And I don't believe the meager scientific progress ISS has achieved wouldn't have happened anyways or is too trivial to bother with. E.g., growing lettuce in microgravity. Who cares? Not me. Robotic arms? I have little doubt we'd have seen the same advancements in robotics without the ISS. Maybe more if the money had been put into robotic explorers on the moons of Jupiter. They use robotic arms too. Its political value is dubious. With a $150,000,000,000 cooperative space project, we hear Russia election this and Putin that daily. Start a giant student exchange program, much cheaper. Maybe more effective. I have no problem with having a space station. I have a problem with having a 150 Billion dollar space station when resources are limited. If I'd have had $150,000,000,000 to invest in the space program, it certainly wouldn't have gone into that space station.
  3. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    Flights to the ISS and activities there are lucky if they get a mere 30 seconds on TV and buried in the newspaper. John Q. Public is completely tuned out having no idea what takes place there. "Something important." I wouldn't place much value in the survey you linked. You can get the results you want to surveys by how you ask the questions. "The ISS cost 150 billion dollars. Is it worth it when that money could have been used for better schools, feeding the hungry and homeless here at home?" What're the results of your survey going to show now?
  4. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    Hardly anyone finds the ISS inspiring. People rarely, if ever, even acknowledge its existence. The ISS is as inspirational as a routine commercial airline flight to Denver. If the true value of human spaceflight is arousal of passions towards science, (and I believe it is) it's a colossal failure. The scientific value of the ISS is extremely dubious upon reflection of the enormous expense. People living on the Moon or Mars would capture the imagination. Rovers crawling around the moons of Jupiter relaying breathtaking pictures would inspire. Going around in circles for the umpteenth time while growing bean sprouts and discovering mice float in zero-g is flat. And NASA's Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway isn't much better unless it includes occasional landings to the surface with plenty of live action video. Imagine a real picture like this from a Europa rover. Now that would inspire.
  5. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    Like if Malaysian food tastes better in zero-g. Now that is priceless "science." Malaysian Food Sensory Evaluation in Zero-g
  6. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    I'm not sure the International Space Station is still "cool." We just had the Insight lander landing on Mars and the MS-11 launch to the ISS. I watched both events. The Insight lander landing on Mars was much more exciting to me. And I'd be more excited to have 5 rovers crawling around on the Moons of Jupiter than the next 5 human spaceflights to the ISS. Is it just me?
  7. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    I suppose we'll know if the juice was worth the squeeze if they ever try to sell it to the private sector. I don't think there will be any serious interest in buying it. That tells me the research on the ISS isn't worth the cost. But who knows, we'll see. This might work. Perhaps we undervalue "cool." If the ISS inspires a lot of people on to great things in science that would make the cost worth it. But the cost of the ISS could fund many, many landers and rovers to various moons in the solar system. More space telescopes. Etc. Does the ISS inspire people to great things in science more effectively than remote exploration? Good question. I don't know the answer.
  8. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    I've read it. It's vague. Joe Six-pack doesn't travel to space so the long-term effects of space are irrelevant to him anyway. Everything else could be remotely conducted for less money no?
  9. Kerbal7

    Science or Cool

    What valuable science takes place on the International Space Station that requires such an expensive system? Or are we solely having such a thing because a human presence in space is "cool?" How has the International Space Station improved the life of the average slobbering sportsball fan? Joe Six-pack? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTEVIaoHBtA
  10. Kerbal7

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Nov.29,2018 NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services. SpaceX is not on the list of companies.
  11. Kerbal7

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    At Insight's Post-Landing Brief, NASA Administrator Bridenstine said he hoped people would land on Mars in the mid-30s. He said this was an "aggressive" estimate. Bridenstine talks to the best and brightest on this subject all the time. The smartest people in the class.I'll take his word, and those of the people around him, over some subsidies hustling charlatan, claiming he's building a "Starship."A Starship that will be building a colony on Mars in 2025. But if you want to believe Musk, go right ahead. I think it's naïve but to each his own. If we see people on Mars in our lifetimes, It will be through the SLS rocket.
  12. Kerbal7

    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    He's never sending anyone to Mars.
  13. Revisionist silliness meant to undermine public opposition to recreational legalization. Any competent social worker who spent time around habitual users of Marijuana, fittingly named, "potheads and stoners," can cogently explain why Marijuana is illegal. And why it should stay illegal. Marijuana smoke is full of carcinogens. Same as tobacco smoke. We don't need a 20-year assessment of peer-reviewed studies to predict what's going to happen to many people who habitually smoke Marijuana. Just a little common sense. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cancer, etc. Nothing good. It's all bad. To put it colloquially, Marijuana use rots you brain. Studies are all over the place and they all show the same thing. Marijuana kills cognitive abilities across the board. Permanently. The medical community knows this undeniably. Here is one study. cannabis users show neuropsychological decline Politicians are running a medical experiment on an unwary public that's been socially engineered through pop culture to think Marijuana is harmless. All for a little cash. Murica. It's an experiment that's going to turn out badly. Driving cars and getting stoned on dope is apples and motor oil. I said my peace. I'm out.
  14. Anyone with half an ounce of wisdom and foresight knows recreational legalization of marijuana will be detrimental to the well-being of society. The politicians are chasing the money and the proponents are chasing their vices. Oh, and I enjoy how every proponent has become a medical expert about how "safe" the use of marijuana is. Let me think for half a second about this question. Inhaling smoke into my lungs that releases mind-altering chemicals into my brain. Is that a "safe" activity? Hmm, no. Duh. Leadership starts at the top and works its way down. And when the leadership displays a gross lack of judgement, like smoking dope on video that's going to go around the world and back again, that warrants a safety investigation. People get very upset with morning coffee and programs thrown years behind schedule with accidents involving astronauts. Better safe than sorry. It's a good call by NASA.
  15. So smoking dope on video that's going to be shown to millions and millions of people calls into question your leadership ability? Who could have known?