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Darkshaunz wrote:
I love watching the space control centers whenever the mission is a success. All of that hard work and agonizing waiting, culminating in the moment that a man-made device makes it to an alien object and calls home.

Congratulations, and well done to the ESA, especially after the loss of NASA's Antares and Virgin Galactic's second spaceship - this was a well-needed morale boost for the astronomy community.

Is there a video of that Shaun? I'd like to see that also

Wiing wrote:
Darkshaunz wrote:
I cannot stress how rad that is. It is very rad.

In an age where we live today, with recession and money redirected from the Sciences, I am amazed that projects like this are still being funded and undertaken, I feel that there is still hope for this civilization, and I can't wait to read about all the new discoverers on how the planets were formed and the big bang. All because of this one project.

I really hope we can all decide to stop spending money on [blowing each other up / protecting ourselves from other people blowing us up] and instead work together as a species to do some cool shit.
Darkshaunz
Wiing wrote:
In an age where we live today, with recession and money redirected from the Sciences, I am amazed that projects like this are still being funded and undertaken, I feel that there is still hope for this civilization, and I can't wait to read about all the new discoverers on how the planets were formed and the big bang. All because of this one project.


India proved a couple of months ago that you could send a probe to Mars for under USD$100 million. They did it for just under USD$70 million, so that's quite a lot more wiggle room. It's a phenomenal achievement for the country's burgeoning space program of course, but it did show the world that going to space, or exploring alien worlds isn't necessarily a venture designed to break the bank.

In retrospect, one F-35 fighter plane costs America about USD$100 million (probably more) per unit - and it was designed to be a cheaper counterpart to the F-22 (which costs nearly 200 million per unit). Defense contracts really sap out a lot of financial resources, and sometimes to achieve very little. The F-22 is so precious an asset that the US Air Force is actually very reluctant to deploy it into battle, what a waste.

Spoon wrote:
Is there a video of that Shaun? I'd like to see that also.


^Clown's video is probably better, but I watched the clip that was in Fork's link.
Fork
Docilus wrote:
Spoon wrote:
This was on that livestream page and it's fucking cool:


That was fucking amazing!

It sure was!
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