Intelligent Discussions

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by DS, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    This thread is dedicated to the educated,socially responsible posters here that enjoy a good debate.
    Education is not a prerequisite,any well thought out opinion will be acceptable.
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    Lets discuss the Mars mission.The curiosity is set to move ahead 3 metres tomorrow.
    Is this good for America?The world?,or just a big waste of money.
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012
  2. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Most Americans don't know what a meter is....just sayin!
     
  3. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I think space exploration is cool :censored2: but a big waist of money. We should cure cancer instead.
     
  4. rod

    rod retired and happy

  5. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Lol. Three responses and into the toilet. It's like the forum version of Six degrees of Kevin Bacon.
     
  6. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    They must be aware that it represents a certain length of distance.
    Joyce,this is not "most Americans",it's the brown cafe,and since they are
    here,they know how to google.By the way,it's spelled metre everywhere else
    in the world.Do you actually have an opinion on my Mars topic? I bet you do.
    I would rather have had that than just sayin !
     
  7. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    I suppose it (this thread), turns into the metric system again.
    NASA calculates in metric, so do all medications.
    I even noticed Coke and Pepsi are selling by 2 ltrs in the USA instead of half gallons or by oz's.

    I can't care less, but I was very pleased that Canada went metric while I was away in Germany. Because I have not much of a clue what oz mean.
    Even when I do my own "do it yourself jobs" at home, I use the metric messurement - it's just so much easier. Esspecially using a tape messure.
     
  8. rod

    rod retired and happy

    I think the Mars mission is a friggin humongous waste of money. Seriously---what the hell good will being able to get to Mars do? From what I read- for a few minutes at high noon on Mars's equator the temperature might get to 70 but for the most part the planet is BITTER cold-------like minus 225 degrees cold. How the hell do you dress for that?
     
  9. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Dress to kill ? ;)
     
  10. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    100 millimeters is still short no matter what measurement system you use.
     
  11. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    You do mean 10 center manager ! LOL

    Btw, could you imagine an imperial currency ststem like the UK once had ?
    I still don't remember how many shilling and a half, quaters or eight it made to make 1 pound.

    Too bad you didn't adopt that as well, and call us carazy for using 100 pennies to a dollar.
     
  12. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt You can call me Chappy Staff Member

    I guess I could have meant 0.1 meters but whose counting.
     
  13. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Thank you rod for responding with a heartfelt comment.
    I see it differently.
    I think it should have been a manned mission.Who knows what the earth may benefit from the resources that Mars may have to offer.
    Is that -225 farenhight or celcius?
    Bundle up,like going for a walk in Thunder bay in the winter :)
     
  14. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Props to Hoax for beating me to the "Klein has a short penis" joke.
    I bow to you sir.
     
  15. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    DS,

    Those are good questions and I have mixed emotions on it. I can understand the "waste of money" POV because you can't see a true outcome or quantify what you are going to get. At the same time from a scientific POV, the study of Mars may answer valuable questions. There's the transpermia hypothesis and what if we learned that life existed on Mars before earth? What would that mean or would it mean anything at all? If life was there, what happened? Can we learn something that we should avoid here? Many questions, few answers.

    I do think if we are going to venture beyond, it should be a global and open source effort but that would make it a purely scientific and learning project and we still have too much of the "for flag and glory" in us so not sure if that part can or will change. Again good questions but no definitive answers. Hard to argue with Rod's point especially on the cost when so much can be done here.
     
  16. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

    I have mixed feelings about it.
    I was so awed and proud as a child watching the moon landing as a young lad.
    Proud of the US and awed by the pictures and findings.
    The research and development of NASA has benefited mankind. The list could not be posted here.
    I posted meter to feet converter url.



    Convert from meters to feet
     
  17. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    The billions spent on space exploration and the resulting technological advances that can be transferred to terrestrial use is really quite comparable to the billions spent on earth by corporations in development to new technology. Think of the space exploration as sprinkles on the sundae.
     
  18. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    Tex,

    Reading your post brought back memories. We went down in 1982' to see a shuttle launch which of course was delayed but it turned out to the good. We went on a tour of the place and we actually got to go out to the pad (about 400 yards away) and see the shuttle up close so to speak. That was some sight indeed but then we did come back for the actual launch several weeks later:-)censored: my supervisor off for calling out of work for 2 days) and WOW what a sight it was! I can only imagine what a Saturn 5 was like.

    July 69' I remember riding back home in the car from my grandparents house listening to the moon landing on the radio. I was leaning over on the back of the frontseat looking in locked stare at the radio like the voice itself was the picture of the scene. Got home later and watched the actual moonwalk on TV. I don't think a soul in our town wasn't somewhere glued to the TV set watching that. In some respects, seems like yesterday and yet at the same time seems long ago.
     
  19. texan

    texan Well-Known Member

  20. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Plus a billion spent on exploration beats a billion spent on war any day.