The Last Atlantis Shuttle Mission

How do you guys feel about the U.S. Government getting out of the space flight business as of this weekend? As a Sci-Fi fan I was kind of shocked when Obama decided let the space program go and I'm sure many unemployed smart people in the Houston area will not be voting for him in the next election. I'm not sure I will live long enough the see private industry build a moon base or have a mission to Mars. Oh Well, Go RUSSIA!

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Comment by Arnold L. Johnson on July 8, 2011 at 8:36pm
I have always felt space shots were the side show aftermath of a lot of engineering effort and alternate agendas. Not knocking the shuttle missions or the International Space Station but proven science is useful science, if there is a strategic profit to gain you will see  us in space. On the planet, smaller scale agriculture and aquaculture, solar energy, secure wireless, low power lighting and food storage and fresh/clean water technologies that are accessible to more people is needed. Blk people may have to take on a bit of the tribal-mind to replace the helpless individualism we suffer from. We should search the tribal-mentality to see if our lacks can be healed by exploring our own inner space. Then watch the technology that comes out of us when our persons are right. We have aways innovated, built cities, cultures, etc: wither in chains or not.
Comment by Stafford Battle on July 8, 2011 at 4:21pm
New Technology is where the jobs are being created. And, quite frankly, it should be us to encourage our young and older black women and men to get involved with solar energy, orbital engineering (Japan, Europe, and other countries are planning now to build a space elevator--rockets will be obsolete); likewise, communications, software development (teenagers are building apps and making big bank) and many other fantastic new developments in medicine and robotics. Take at peek at http://www.singularity.com/ to get an idea what is coming and how we can prosper on the frontlines of the future. Sci-fi is a medium that helps us to envision new goals. The Shuttle was great but so was the bow & arrow.
Comment by Tony Cade on July 8, 2011 at 3:37pm
Remember that a CIA spy satellite found water on the dark side of the moon. (I'm still wondering what it was doing back there). So the moon could be used as a fueling and ship building station. As far as social issues are concerned. The supposed poor in this country live better than most Europeans. If your fat with a cell phone and a widescreen TV your not poor. When this country went to space, it also worked on it's civil rights issues. Tech advances make mankind want to do better.
Comment by RS on July 7, 2011 at 10:27pm

Nations rise and fall, Rome and Egypt thought they would last forever but they dwindled away. The U.S  states made a lot of advances whiles still neglecting its internal problems. The atomic bomb is created in the 40's but a black man couldn't vote till the '60s. We are in a recession right now lets get the money flowing then lets worry about space. Space will always be there. The U.S. has lost its focus along with britain they built there treasure on the backs of slaves and colonies and racism. Now let them build themselves up with humanity and compassion.

Some things only happen unless there is a buck to be made. If it starts raining gold on mars we would be there by the end of the year.

Comment by Stafford Battle on July 7, 2011 at 9:42pm

The Government may still be in the space flight business. Mars or one of large asteroids filled with metal and ice would be a big prize for the US of A. Let's see what happens in the "O" man's second term.

Comment by Jarvis Sheffield - Admin on July 7, 2011 at 7:32pm
Mars is more likely. It actually has water and is not just a big rock.

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