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2018-03-14 12:46 PM

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Subject: Trump mocked....by ignorant people
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-apos-call-apos-space-033746015.html


First off, the US has a space command. In 2002 the USSPACECOM merged into an expanded USSTRATCOM. The mission is still there.

Recently there has been talk of Chinese might be developing technology to destroy our satellites. When our cell phones, GPS and sat-TV goes dead no one will be laughing! I think we need to proactively weaponized space! Start off with defensive weapons to defend our communication satellites and many the International Space Station.

Side note. Little know fact that I was the first person ever to sleep in the Space Station! Somewhere in the late 1990s I was a 3rd shift test conductor testing the US lab module. I was suited up in a 'bunny suit' (protective overalls) and was inside the US lab module. 3rd shift went from 11 pm to 8 am. I was about 3 am and I was in the module. Radio comms went like this:

TC1 (test conductor 1): TC1 to TC2
TC2 (me):
TCI: TC1 to TC2, do you copy?
TC2:
TCI: TC1 to TC2, are you awake in there?!


And so the urban legend was born that Rogillio was asleep inside the US Lab module. I used to deny I was asleep as I just barely dozed but decided it was actually pretty cool to be the 'first man to sleep in the International Space Station'.

Sorry for the war story.


2018-03-14 1:52 PM
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The fact is there is a zero percent chance we will re-authorize funding the space program at a level appropriate for space exploration. My neighbor is an ex-NASA aerospace engineer and he claims at its height that NASA was 4% of fed budget, now is 0.4%. This is why only companies (ie, Spacex) launch out of KSC and not much NASA presence there anymore.
2018-03-14 2:59 PM
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Originally posted by Oysterboy

The fact is there is a zero percent chance we will re-authorize funding the space program at a level appropriate for space exploration. My neighbor is an ex-NASA aerospace engineer and he claims at its height that NASA was 4% of fed budget, now is 0.4%. This is why only companies (ie, Spacex) launch out of KSC and not much NASA presence there anymore.


I think we were at 1% at the height of Space Station development while the Shuttle was still flying.

Personally I think a Mars mission is a waste of money....at least for now. Maybe some day but we are still learning about space and the microgravity (it's not really 0 g)space environment.
2018-03-14 5:57 PM
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I've been in some talks about the changes in physiology and anatomy that occur in microgravity. The take-home was that there was no way a human body could deal with the amount of time necessary to go to/back from Mars.
2018-03-14 9:09 PM
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It may surprise you all, but I fully support Trump's call for a "Space Force."
In fact, the first person we send out into space should be the best possible ambassador for mankind...yes, THEE Donald J Trump.
He knows more than the generals do. Women love him, blacks love him, hispanics love him...nobody else can do what he does.
I am pretty sure Melania would personally press the blast off button for him too.
2018-03-15 6:41 AM
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My guess is that the rest of the inhabited universe hopes we just stay put. LOL



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