New frontier? NASA Test Facility hope...

New frontier? NASA Test Facility hopes to survive shuttle finale (4:17 p.m.)

There are 13 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 7, 2011, titled New frontier? NASA Test Facility hopes to survive shuttle finale (4:17 p.m.). In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

If you wake up early on July 8, rip open your bag of nachos and plop down on the couch, you can watch history: the final Space Shuttle liftoff.

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gilmore

Huntsville, AL

#1 Jun 7, 2011
great news---
notgood

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jun 7, 2011
Pretty sad, because if this does go away or even stays in a diminished capacity, Las Cruces lost some of it's better paying technical jobs.. and there's not a ton of them to go around as it is. We need MORE skilled labor, not less.
LC Native

United States

#3 Jun 7, 2011
Yawn.

Let us know if something major happens.

Maybe NASA will re-hire D. Kent Evans and he can fire the remaining employees? That was his role initially in Las Cruces...and look at how prosperous and well fed he is today.
Judas

Farmington, NM

#4 Jun 8, 2011
Jim Peach's imagination or lack thereof unfortunately has no control over federal appropriations.
marperl

Seattle, WA

#5 Jun 8, 2011
Breaking News: Shuttle Hijacked, Bound for the Moon

The entire shuttle landing was a fabrication! All done with Photoshop and computer animation.

What is NASA hiding?

This: The Endeavour was hijacked. The incident took place while the shuttle was parked at the ISS where two disgruntled ex-NASA employees had stowed aboard the craft and waited for the right moment to commandeer it (reportedly to make a point about President Obama’s space policies).

The developing story is at the whimsical Thinking Out Loud, http://marperl.blogspot.com/2011/05/shuttle-h...
NMSU mess

Huntsville, AL

#6 Jun 8, 2011
LC Native wrote:
Yawn.
Let us know if something major happens.
Maybe NASA will re-hire D. Kent Evans and he can fire the remaining employees? That was his role initially in Las Cruces...and look at how prosperous and well fed he is today.
D. Kent Evans benefit package must incl all you can eat food.
Jett Krash

San Antonio, TX

#7 Jun 9, 2011
marperl wrote:
Breaking News: Shuttle Hijacked, Bound for the Moon
The entire shuttle landing was a fabrication! All done with Photoshop and computer animation.
What is NASA hiding?
This: The Endeavour was hijacked. The incident took place while the shuttle was parked at the ISS where two disgruntled ex-NASA employees had stowed aboard the craft and waited for the right moment to commandeer it (reportedly to make a point about President Obama’s space policies).
The developing story is at the whimsical Thinking Out Loud, http://marperl.blogspot.com/2011/05/shuttle-h...
Go back to your cup of Star Bucks coffee and making microchips.
uh huh

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Jun 9, 2011
notgood wrote:
Pretty sad, because if this does go away or even stays in a diminished capacity, Las Cruces lost some of it's better paying technical jobs.. and there's not a ton of them to go around as it is. We need MORE skilled labor, not less.
Well, look at all the technical jobs that were supposed to have happened with the Rocket Racing League, the Starchaser facility out on the west mesa, and the Spaceport (that was originally supposed to have opened in 2010 with Vigin Galactic doing all sorts of technical stuff at the facility).

_NOT!_

Don't hold your breath. Even Mr. Wagner of the local Workforce Solutions told me that people with technical skills/degrees like myself should look for greener pastures out of New Mexico.
ITOLDYOU

United States

#9 Jun 9, 2011
uh huh wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, look at all the technical jobs that were supposed to have happened with the Rocket Racing League, the Starchaser facility out on the west mesa, and the Spaceport (that was originally supposed to have opened in 2010 with Vigin Galactic doing all sorts of technical stuff at the facility).
_NOT!_
Don't hold your breath. Even Mr. Wagner of the local Workforce Solutions told me that people with technical skills/degrees like myself should look for greener pastures out of New Mexico.
Be patient as LC will be a focal point of providing the public access to the outer limits of Earth's atmosphere. It takes one small step and NM is in the front of the line.

“Is that all you've got?”

Since: Jun 10

Location hidden

#10 Jun 10, 2011
WTF? Does this mean no more Americans on the ISS? How long will it be before the ISS ends up just another piece of space junk?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110529/ap_on_sc/...
NM Sports fan

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Jun 10, 2011
American astronauts can hitch a ride with Russia to the ISS for $68 mil. Or at least that's what the price is today, while we still have shuttle...

After shuttle is mothballed and inoperable...$688 million? More?

Our esteemed president thinks our government shouldn't be in the space business. Let the commercial guys do it?
Sure.

Poor poor business model there. Who's going to pay the commercial guys? There's no real benefit in flying to space, unless you're a government.

Terrible ROI.

Then what? Russia decides to launch missiles at us from space?
What are we gonna do about it?

And if you think space flight has provided no benefits to us, turn off your computer, throw away your cell phone, get rid of all your rechargeable batteries, unsubscribe from your cable tv or satellite provider, and throw away your stinkin' memory foam mattress!
Without the things space technology has given us we'd be in a relative dark age... Like the '60s. Maybe even the '50s.
just me yacking

Las Cruces, NM

#12 Jun 17, 2011
NM Sports fan wrote:
...Poor poor business model there. Who's going to pay the commercial guys? There's no real benefit in flying to space, unless you're a government.
Terrible ROI.
...
The commercial folks have plenty of stuff in space - satellites for phone and WWW access, weather information that shows up on the evening news forecasts, TV and radio programming, etc. And plenty of commercial folks tap into the guvmint's GPS satellites - many of the newer vehicls have that built right into oboard electronics.

And forget about sending a repair crew into space to fix an ailing commercial satellite. By the time it's ready to break, there's a new model ready for launch with more and better features. it's the same issue as with cell phones and computers. The old satellite is sent to a flaming death in the atmosphere.

There's just too litte science and technology out there that needs hands-on experimentation, a hard vacuum, and/or microgravity for the commercial folks to be really interested in all that. At best they can suck some bucks out of rich folks for a joy ride.
Hasbro

United States

#13 Jun 17, 2011
nanoanomaly wrote:
WTF? Does this mean no more Americans on the ISS? How long will it be before the ISS ends up just another piece of space junk?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110529/ap_on_sc/...
Without an occasional boost into a higher orbit from the shuttle, the station will meet the same fate as skylab, reenter and burn up.

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