Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 1 Rocket Fails to Make Flight Again

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masonstorm

I think this is one of the few times imo when privatization is a really good idea. Whether we think it’s necessary or not, we need to continue to develop new forms of space travel and technology to facilitate it. What the ppl whose only argument is “we have too many problems down here to be worrying about this,” they fail to understand the two most important implications of aeronautical research. The first is for national defense… it’s bad enough that nasa has to rely on Russia to ferry them to the ISS. If we keep going at this rate, our disadvantage will only grow as they continue to develop new technologies in their space program while we pump the brakes on ours. Is air and space superiority something you really want the Russians to have? It doesn’t seem like a good idea for any one country to have, let alone one whom we have a sketchy history with. The second is that with aeronautical research comes a flood of new technologies, most of which are very applicable to us down on earth. For example, if it wasn’t for nasa, we wouldn’t have the chips that we use for non-invasive biopsies, solar energy, and a whole litany of other things (http://www.thespaceplace.com/nasa/spinoffs.html#Top has a good number of inventions that most of us don’t know came from our space program). And if you’re one of those ppl that are so skeptical (or cynical imo) that you still don’t think that any of the things on this list warrant a larger investment in a privatized space industry, just remember that while you sleep at night, you most likely have nasa to thank for that, too. If you use any type of home security system, chances are they use infrared and laser technology that came out of nasa’s research (just look at the adt home security infrared camera page. They even admit that the technology came from nasa!)

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SkylerH

Thanks for sharing this post! The U.S. software mogul, who has now made 2 trips into outer space without having to resort to a single payday loan in order to pay for tickets, may be the last paying passenger to head into space for several years. Believe it or not, things are tough out there too. The commercial space travel is at it’s lowest peak. Well, outer space isn't really in
a recession – outer space has been constantly expanding since the beginning of time and will continue to do so forever, but commercial space travel is slowing down. Companies like Roskosmos and Space Adventures travel companies, have been seeing less business and now they can't book any more flights to the International Space Station because actual space agencies are using it. A flight through these companies costs more than any payday loan will cover, as it is in the dozens of millions to get booked. Turns out even the largest of a no fax cash advance doesn't matter in outer space.

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sirphunkee

and apparently this was also their second (failed) attempt to launch some of the ashes of James Doohan (along with others').

to be fair though, the ashes sent up on this equally-ill-fated shot were the same ones sent up the first time, and then unexpectedly recovered again among the wreckage, and repackaged for this one.

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Keith E. Whisman

So your saying that they could'nt get it up? Why is'nt Viagra an advertiser?

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