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NASA quietly, cheaply trying to send robot to moon | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 22 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Nov 2, 2010, titled NASA quietly, cheaply trying to send robot to moon | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

For $150 billion, NASA could have sent astronauts back to the moon. The Obama administration judged that too expensive and, in September, Congress agreed to cancel the program.

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Al Bore

Mount Vernon, OH

#1 Nov 2, 2010
Didn't we do this fifty years ago?
Jay

United States

#2 Nov 2, 2010
Kind of funny how it was so easy to do this in 1969, but nearly impossible today. I'm starting to think that some of these conspiracy theories may have some teeth behind them.
oldham

Helena, OH

#3 Nov 2, 2010
I hope robots are the future in space exploration. Think about it....man is gravity based...food and excrement, among other things.

nastyNate

“I wake up and piss excellence”

Since: Nov 09

Columbus, OH

#4 Nov 2, 2010
Next version of Robonaut: Gives out BJs and doesn't talk back.
TKG

Toledo, OH

#5 Nov 2, 2010
Jay wrote:
Kind of funny how it was so easy to do this in 1969, but nearly impossible today. I'm starting to think that some of these conspiracy theories may have some teeth behind them.
Easy? What gives you that impression. In adjusted dollars the cost of the Apollo program was in the ballpark of 200 Billion. That's provided the accounting back int he 60s was accurate. The goal back then was to simply put man on the moon. We didn't do much in the way of gathering data or conducting scientific experiments. We collected some dirt, brought back some rocks and took a few readings. Most of the scientists involved with the lunar landing regret not doing more.

Even so, we exhausted tremendous resources to make this happen. The money was just a tiny part of it. There was a massive investment from the scientific community as well. People argue that we didn't get much of a return on that investment, but what we gained in practical experience was probably worth the effort. The space race pushed the US ahead of everybody when it came to science and engineering. People often forget that all of the technology we take for granted today was enriched by that effort. Computers, cellualr phones, digital imagery. All of these things are on the table thanks to what was accomplished here.

That's why it's so important not to be short-sighted. People complain about spending money on exploring outer space but nothign forces science to solve problems quite like an amitious task with a tangible goal. When John F. Kennedy decided the US was going to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s people thought he was nuts, but the entire scientific community took up the challenge and propelled the US ahead a solid 25 years in technological advancement.
JBO

Cleveland, OH

#6 Nov 2, 2010
America going to the Moon, is pure fantasy. The US space program is in steep decline. After next year, if any American wants or needs to go into space at all, he or she must rent a ride with the Russians.

Then Chinese, without robots, will be there on the Moon in 2020, as the first part of the Chinese stated goal to begin to extracting Helium3 to fuel nuclear power plants in the future.

Get used to it, the heyday of American leadership in space has come and gone. America is in decline.
Cru Jones

Columbus, OH

#7 Nov 2, 2010
No one has ever told me a good reason why we waste all this money exploring space.
Whatever

Grove City, OH

#8 Nov 2, 2010
Jay wrote:
Kind of funny how it was so easy to do this in 1969, but nearly impossible today. I'm starting to think that some of these conspiracy theories may have some teeth behind them.
Back then nobody cared if lives were needlessly put in peril. The job was to get people to the moon fast regardless of the cost. And they got lucky. Today, the job is to get people to the moon and back safely in a manner that can be repeated.

We have a long way to go before it makes sense to send more people to the moon. Let's not make any more "throw away" rockets/shuttles. Let's come up with technology that allows us to safely let civilians make the trip into space without costing a fortune or having to throw away multi-billion dollar parts each time.
Whatever

Grove City, OH

#9 Nov 2, 2010
By the way, there is no reason to risk human lives going to the moon until a robot has been sent. If you can't send a robot then you can't send a human. So start simple. Robots have proven themselves to be invaluable in space. Just look at Wal-E.
Try Reading

Columbus, OH

#10 Nov 2, 2010
Cru Jones wrote:
No one has ever told me a good reason why we waste all this money exploring space.
In this day and age no one should have to 'tell' you what benefits have been realized as result of NASA and the space program. Information is so readily available there is no excuse for such ignorance.

Try Google, the information available far exceeds what you will be able to consume and, given your post, I guarantee you will be surprised to learn just how many of the daily conveniences we take for granted were direct results of NASA's efforts.

On another note, the ability, as a species, to form logical thoughts and advance our understanding of our surroundings (space included) is a great part of what separates humans from the remainder of the species populating this planet.
Sean

United States

#11 Nov 2, 2010
Another example of how the Democrat congress has already began the process of making budget cuts. IE Nasa. Good for them.
Al Bore

Mount Vernon, OH

#12 Nov 2, 2010
JBO wrote:
America going to the Moon, is pure fantasy. The US space program is in steep decline. After next year, if any American wants or needs to go into space at all, he or she must rent a ride with the Russians.
Then Chinese, without robots, will be there on the Moon in 2020, as the first part of the Chinese stated goal to begin to extracting Helium3 to fuel nuclear power plants in the future.
Get used to it, the heyday of American leadership in space has come and gone. America is in decline.
I you are assumeing Obama will be president for ever.
dave chappelle

Since: Oct 10

Grove City, OH

#13 Nov 2, 2010
Sean wrote:
Another example of how the Democrat congress has already began the process of making budget cuts. IE Nasa. Good for them.
Screw you.
NASA's annual budget is $18 billion; less than one half of one percent of the federal budget. Compare that to the trip to India and SE Asia Obama embarks upon tomorrow: 3000 people, 700 hotel rooms, 40 aircraft, 6 armored ground vehicles, 3 presidential helicopters.
Total cost for 10 DAYS:$2 BILLION DOLLARS.
Ukantdeelwit

Columbus, OH

#14 Nov 2, 2010
I did know that, are your figures right? Obbaama,baha is not going to spend that. What we have here is a lack of communication. Cool Hand Luke!!
dave chappelle

Since: Oct 10

Grove City, OH

#15 Nov 2, 2010
Ukantdeelwit wrote:
I did know that, are your figures right? Obbaama,baha is not going to spend that. What we have here is a lack of communication. Cool Hand Luke!!
$200 million a day times 10 days equals $2 billion.

US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama's Mumbai visit

Press Trust of India, Updated: November 02, 2010 21:07 IST

Mumbai: The US would be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs. 900 crore approx) per
day on President Barack Obama's visit to the city.

"The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit," a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.

About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.
brain debris

Portsmouth, OH

#16 Nov 2, 2010
Let's send some more garbage into space. We're good at that.
message board troll

Blacklick, OH

#17 Nov 2, 2010
brain debris wrote:
Let's send some more garbage into space. We're good at that.
Are you volunteering?
Whatever

Grove City, OH

#18 Nov 2, 2010
dave chappelle wrote:
<quoted text>Screw you.
NASA's annual budget is $18 billion; less than one half of one percent of the federal budget. Compare that to the trip to India and SE Asia Obama embarks upon tomorrow: 3000 people, 700 hotel rooms, 40 aircraft, 6 armored ground vehicles, 3 presidential helicopters.
Total cost for 10 DAYS:$2 BILLION DOLLARS.
I'm not buying that story. It sounds like an Internet myth that people are latching onto just like the whole "Obama is a muslim" garbage.
dave chappelle

Since: Oct 10

Grove City, OH

#19 Nov 2, 2010
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not buying that story. It sounds like an Internet myth that people are latching onto just like the whole "Obama is a muslim" garbage.
Well then Google it yourself. Obama lover.
Lfod

Defiance, OH

#20 Nov 3, 2010
Obozo will cancel it!

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