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triggerhappyfin
03-04-2005, 07:23 AM
Some while ago I read this thread about American scientists making slices of rats brains into some kind of auto pilots http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif.

Yesterday I heard on news about Russians launched a rocket towards the international space station up there - Manned with six slugs http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Whats up? Is this some kind of measurement on todays pilots and spacemen? Not looking good for the aviation image! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

WTE_Ibis
03-04-2005, 04:01 PM
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Akronnick
03-04-2005, 06:48 PM
Give Burt Rutan $500m and a year and a half and He'll put someone on Mars. (The only reason it'd take him that long is cause it takes a year to make the trip)

WTE_Ibis
03-04-2005, 08:49 PM
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heywooood
03-04-2005, 09:13 PM
people can accomplish anything they put their minds to....good or bad.

space is still there, so like nature, we must conquer it. China wants to attempt a lunar landing befor this decade is out...sound familiar?

The viability of the space station as a launching point for future lunar and mars missions is the reason it was created in the first place...all those little experiments being conducted there are directly pointed at determinig whether it is feasible for humans to survive long periods of time in that environment....and whether or not they would suffer long term after effects from the elements.

But will nationalistic pride and paranoia prevent us from co-operating in future achievement in space?....You can cut the fear with a knife over at the pentagon....they are freaking out about Chinese astronauts landing in the Sea of Tranquility and replacing Old Glory with their marker.
Territoriality at its finest now taken 'OffWorld'...whats next?
http://space.com/missionlaunches/china_moon_030304.html

Does it have to be about who will control the moon?

Naturally the US announced a return to the moon to be accomplished asap....right out of nowhere...there had been no discussion about it in any direct sense until China's announcement.

Now in the midst of the worst budget deficit in history and no sign of light at the end of that tunnel, we are to consider funding a lunar expedition..a Return to the Moon-/-Back to the Future gig....sweet.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/science/2003-12-04-moon-usat_x.htm

Yes it is still a race. No there will be no serious co-operation on ventures like this until people get over themselves and realize we're all in one boat - we have no time or money for this ignorant bickering over borders and territories and ideology and ****. Group hug or die.
United we Stand - Divided we Fall was the battle cry of a young Nation that wanted all of its people to work together as one in an attempt to create a new kind of government, of, and for the people..(well, they couldn't have known it would get so screwed up-but it was the right idea)...Now we need to use that same idea to unite as one world to begin to accomplish the problems facing us today, from world hunger to world health to preserving global resources and reversing global warming to exploring the worlds oceans and the solar system for solutions to these main predicaments. Problems that if left unchallenged or if challenged separately rather than collectively, could undo things in relatively short order.

Uno Mundo, baby.

No601_prangster
03-05-2005, 04:55 AM
Heywood is right.

The Hubble space telescope has produced more hard science than all the moon missions and spacestations put togeather and they want to scrape it because it's too dangerous to send a crew to service it. But it's not too dangerous to send them back to the moon to no obvious purpose. Strange thinking!

PBNA-Boosher
03-05-2005, 08:37 AM
Thailand once had a space program, I think in the late 80's. THey trained their astronauts for a long time and they were some of the best physically fit for the job, then they realized that they didn't have the means to get to space or the funds, so the program was canceled.

darkhorizon11
03-05-2005, 02:23 PM
As an American I would be mad to see them desecrate our landing sites but it would be funny too see the a bunch of Chinese spacemen hotwiring our lunar rover and whippin her around for a ride.

heywooood
03-05-2005, 03:18 PM
now THAT would be hilarious absolutely!

...funnier than hell if the thing still runs...

But think about this...how cool would it be to see the flag of China next to the US flag....next to Russian flag etc....on the Moon.

ObvilionLost
03-05-2005, 08:56 PM
Space race... its useless, if world worked together.. we would be already on Mars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

LStarosta
03-05-2005, 09:20 PM
The guy who recently flew around the world is a joke..

I'm sorry, but I find no skill flying a plane specifically designed for the job all with the latest avionics and navigation equipment.

The great era of aviation pioneers such as Skarzynski, or Lindbergh, or Bleriot, or Chkalov is long gone. Skill is now replaced with technology, and it is hard to respect a man whose wallet accomplishes more than his instinct and stick and rudder abilities.

LStarosta
03-05-2005, 09:24 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by heywooood:

But think about this...how cool would it be to see the flag of China next to the US flag... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, the flag that we left on the moon was probably made in China...

Does that count?

heywooood
03-05-2005, 09:46 PM
Judges require time to consider whether to award points to China for manufacturing the US flag that is planted on the Moon...

Arbitrators and legal counsel as well as certificate of origin of the flag itself will be required also...

Cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom but Nancy Grace will report from the grassy knoll across the street...

Rich guys that spend too much money on personal endeavors that add no improvement to the human condition should be applauded for their audacity.