Do you think the shuttle program should be continued?

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Do you think the shuttle program should be continued?

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e.g. do you think the benefits weigh up against the costs?
 
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No and no.
 
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No, and no.

I think the US (and indeed the whole world) has enough problems down here to worry about before having to throw money out into space.
 
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I think its time to put the shuttle to rest too. But I am still in favor of space research, but lets put some of the great robotics to work.
I don't believe that money will cure the worlds problems.
 
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hypatia said:
I think its time to put the shuttle to rest too. But I am still in favor of space research, but lets put some of the great robotics to work.
I don't believe that money will cure the worlds problems.
Ditto

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dduardo
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It's definitely time to retire the government shuttle program and let private companies take over.
 
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I just think that the money could be much better spent elsewhere, since NASA has always been a bit of a showcase anyway! :smile:
 
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The end of the age of state supremacy in the night sky is nearly over. Space now belongs to Richard Branson.
 
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Yes and no (at least if we're talking about tangible benefits).

The shuttle needs to be replaced with something better, but it's the only thing the US has that can put humans into space. I don't think endlessly orbiting the Earth is much of a human space program, either. If the world were a 10'x10' bedroom, the trip from the surface of the Earth to International Space Station would be like traveling 4 inches outside your bedroom door (of course, if the world were a 10'x10' bedroom, it would be a bedroom where no one has moved more than an 1/8 of an inch away from the wall into the room either).
 
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we need space elevators :D
 

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