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Comment on Obama: Space program a necessity, not a luxury

notthisbody Wed, Jul 7, 2010
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Indeed. i have an acquaintance who had a meeting at Nasa Ames with some of their top engineers, including their deep space exploration team. They presented some quite radical technology, that would in part allow them to be able to operate in a more sustainable manner in outer space for extended voyages.

He prefaced it with this: "As above, so below". If they don't implement the sustainable solutions they need for extended space travel on the earth first, we shouldn't be going back to the moon, or to Mars, or anywhere else. we've got enough solutions to implement right now, right here.

that being said, he also mentioned that NASA should be looking for innovation coming out of nowhere, so yes indeed let them redefine themselves and show their relevancy to the slightly more practical human struggles versus the noble, epic and grandiose dream of touching the limits of our physical universes (which, don't get me wrong, I'm a sucker for too).