Originally Posted by coaster
Let's face it, the space program peaked in the sixties and seventies and has been dying ever since. We're planet-bound for the forseeable future.
Just how well read and up to date are you on scientific discoveries and advances lately? (your posts in other threads makes me think this is not even remotely an area of interest for you and several others on here)
The US, Europe, and Russia are back in the race so to speak. If the US doesn't make it, one of them will. With luck it will happen within my lifetime and within many others on here lifetimes.
And yes, the shuttle design is overused. Many admit to this. However it came down earlier today with no lives lost.
But before you criticize accidents and mistakes, are you an engineer? Do you know how hard it is to plan everything and how much force is acting upon it at launch?
Originally Posted by lunasmom
Oooooo I saw that documentary. Those guys are truely crazy (but in a cool, good way!).
Have you (anyone) seen the documentary about encountering life forms on other planets? I just remember that scientists were saying that the intelligent life would look like an floating octopus. It was something to do with their genetic makeup. Such as if the levels of the various components were different on earth we would all be octopii rather than humans.
There's a fine line between genius and being crazy.
And all the people dreaming up possible lifeforms have some imaginations! Another thing to think about, had the Earth not been smacked with a comet - what would life be like now? As for the make up - levels of gases and gravity on other planets and moons too.
BTW - do you have the Discovery Science channel? Space stuff is on Tuesdays - their series Mars Rising, and usually National Geographic channel has interesting stuff on in their Naked Science shows. Nova is also on Tuesdays, missed that yesterday so I'm not sure if they're still showing NovaScienceNow with physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosting (he's rather funny, I recommend watching some clips of his speeches on youtube