NASA & World Space Exploration...News, Views, Photos & videos

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    MSL landed successfully :p
     
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    first pic

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    Curiosity makes HISTORIC landing at Gale Crater on Mars

     
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    Escobar you beat me to that story! Good job!

    Outstanding achievement by NASA.

    NASA rover Curiosity makes historic Mars landing, beams back photos - Yahoo! News

     
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    Pics of MSL taken by MRO :p

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    FIRST COLOR PICS!!!!

    Part of the wall of Gale Crater (landing area)

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    Area excavated by the blast of the MSL’s descent stage rocket engines

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    I don't see the shuttle as a waste of money.I view it as a natural progression for man travelling in space. As I recall even Qian Xusen had concept drawings of space planes that formed the nose of the launch rocket.
     
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    I agreed, when it comes to space exploration there's no such thing as wasted money, but waste of opportunity for something new for man kind to learn from.
     
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    Space shuttle was definitely waste of money, if they stick with the appolo program's Saturn rocket and using conventional capsules, they would still have moon capability and way cheaper of sending payload up and down, shuttle's original goal was a economical reusable ways to send stuff up there and back, but the cost overrun just got out of control, by the later stage of the program, I believe the cost of 2 shuttle launch was more than the entire Chinese Shenzhou program include all the manned launches and R&D cost.

    Just because Qian had drawing of space plane does not mean it is worthy, it was more of a fav of the moment, everyone saw American doing it, so everyone want to get in on it. But in the end, most people agree it was not worth the opportunity cost, ESPECIALLY the Americans themselves.
     
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    Thats right, if the car industry had stayed the same, we would still be driving around in variants of the model T.We could buy the thing for several hundred dollars , instead of paying out thousands. The commercial aviation industrywould still be flying around in the first gen jets.Boeing 707/s... now we are looking at flying wings with plenty of room for passengers to move around.


    and if we had stayed with capsules Bruce Willis would not have been able to save us in "Armagedon" ;)

    In all seriousness the shuttle prolonged the life of Hubble.
     
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