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  1. PLC1

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    Practical Applications of Space Technology

    A long, long list follows.

    It's too bad that we don't have the will to continue space exploration at the same level we did when we were competing with the Godless Commies. Maybe there is a downside to having won the cold war after all.
     
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    Even though I don't think it's the proper role of government to run a space program, I love NASA. I'd be all for having NASA and the DOD swap budgets... Think about the advancements we'd make spending 25% of the federal budget on our space program... We'd have off world colonies with 10 years.
     
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    admittedly solving the problems of space flight sped the development of some technologies but the main difference between that initiative and current ones intended to have the same effect is that Kenedy had a comparatively broad based workdesk if it did have a specific goal. now we have insisted that the workdesk be very confined .

    Kennedy wanted to see a man on the moon in ten years, didnt care h9w. Obama wants solar panels that work better. if he opted to say he wanted a viable alternative energy source in ten years, dont care how I could have an easier time getting behind it.

    now both pols were looking out for private support but Kennedy crafted a vison wile Obama rewarded contributors. like him or not, JFK was a leader, BO is not.
     
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    On that, we can agree. In fact, I don't think we've had a leader like Kennedy since, but that's an aside.

    and the space race really took off for a while, didn't it? Think of it: 12 years from Sputnik to moon missions. just over 60 years from the first heavier than air flight to man on the moon. The progress was astounding. Now, it has languished.

    Maybe that is due to lack of leadership, maybe to lack of competition with the Soviets, probably both.
     
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    One could argue Reagan was pretty good at it, Clinton not shabby and I expect time will show W had his moments but I digress.

    I'm struggling with what can practically be gotten from more space stuff. we seem to have no interest in looking elsewhere for natural resources (cost prohibitive) and its become apparent that people aint made for zero gravity.

    computig is progressing on its own, ceramics as well. even transportation (that ultrafast plane that is having trouble keeping it's skin on).

    I like new energy. I know its out there and we do need to find it.
    Medical, yeah that would be nice.

    of course I'd settle for a damn smartphone battery that lasted even a day.
     
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    I'm not sure we knew just what the spinoffs might be from space exploration the first time around, and we have no idea what might turn up in the future.

    I'd bet on that smart phone battery as one high probability, and that could lead to a practical electric car.
     
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    they knew materials would be involved (defense told them that) as well as computerization (aagin military) but things did prove to have a real ripple effect. short answer is that the military can see no point and thas enough.

    you may be right on batteries but I suspect the real answer is making them eat less power. they've been screwing with batteries forever and not gotten far. power usage has been fruitful.
     
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    Hundreds of billions and eventually trillions of dollars that could have been effectively put to use in a real space program and the inevetable spin off technology that would benefit each one of us every day are being, and will be lost; flushed down the AGW climate change drain. The eventual cost of this hoax will be beyond calculation.
     
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    you can't swing a dead cat in the industrialized nations without hitting some bit of technology that is a spin off from the first generation of space exploration. Things that were unimaginable prior to the onset of that exploration. No doubt, the same would continue to be true from each sucessive generation of exploration. The struggle you have is simply due to the fact that the spinoffs are impossible to even imagine today.
     
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    That poor cat would still be alive if it weren't for all this Man-Made Global Warming! :p

    Welcome back Pale, it's good to see you!
     
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    I am sure that if we look around a bit, we could find some peer reviewed evidence that cats are perfectly capable of adapting to climate change. They did, after all, evolve in a world that was much warmer, than the present and then survived deep ice ages.

    The hoax is, at long last, on its way down the toilet were it belongs. The work being done by Nikolov and Zeller is going to bring a new paradigm about with regard to the way we think of temperature as it relates to the atmosphere. The core cadre of AGW high priests are avoiding N&Z's work like vampires avoid direct sunlight. They also aren't talking about Graeff's work which involves actual oservable, repeatable experimentation (as opposed to computer modelling) which is robustly supporting the work by N&Z.
     
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    I agree with much of the above.

    BO & friends have cut NASA...maybe the only governmental unit that actually has the ability to generate products and knowledge all of us can benefit from. It does not make sense unless you are an anti-American American...as I suspect BO is.

    Under liberalism/leftism/socialism, resources are ALWAYS misallocated. This is a perfect example. Cut NASA, but fund the hoax that is AGW.
     
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    Hey Pale, we need you to make minced meat of another warmer at this thread...

    http://www.houseofpolitics.com/threads/why-are-republicans-so-silent-about-gas-prices.15404/
     
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    I think it's terrible that we cut the space program. Obama probably promised that to China and Russia. Once they get through with militarizing space, we won't have to worry about much of anything else anyway.
     
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