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  1. rootabaga

    rootabaga Android Expert
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  2. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    Not really a fan of privatizing the space program. NASA needs to go back to rolling their own.
  3. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    If NASA keeps slacking off we'll have giant billboards on the moon. ;)
  4. sfbloodbrother

    sfbloodbrother Extreme Android User

    Rockets are cool, but they are so dangerous. I would never be an astronaut. Or even be working for one. Spend millions and millions of $$$$ in R&D for one rocket, then BOOM, it blows up...
  5. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    I hate when shit like this happens, because it makes it harder for me to laugh at the DPRK or PRC when they screw up.
  6. Gmash

    Gmash Extreme Android User

    Well, they were using old Soviet rocket engines from the 60's. That's pretty funny.
  7. nickdalzell

    nickdalzell Extreme Android User

    The Challenger disaster certainly didn't cause the level of fear most in this thread is experiencing...
  8. bjacks12

    bjacks12 Android Expert

    I don't think anybody is experiencing fear.

    My favorite line from Armageddon is when Steve Buscemi talks about all the components on the shuttle that are built by the lowest bidder, lol.
  9. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    China uses very much the same designs and ideas from the Soviet and Russian space programs, Chinese space suits are identical to Russian, and the current Shenzhou ships, they're slightly larger versions of the Soyuz spacecraft, originally designed in the 1960s.

    North Korea space program:
  10. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Yeh, it serves as a reminder as to just how dangerous space exploration can be.
  11. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    There's the movie Capricorn One, about a NASA Mars mission that has to be faked.

    Where we find out why the mission has to be faked...
    "And guess what! We had a screw-up! A first-class, bona-fide, made-in-America screw-up! The good people from Con-Amalgamate delivered a life-support system cheap enough so they could make a profit on the deal. Works out fine for everybody. Con-Amalgamate makes money. We have our life-support system. Everything's peachy. Except they made a little bit too much profit. We found out two months ago it won't work. You guys would all be dead in three weeks."
    Capricorn One (1977) - Quotes - IMDb
  12. zuben el genub

    zuben el genub Extreme Android User

    Wallops must a bit closer to civilization than the big guys in FL. There were warnings about people picking up debris. I think what rattled people the most is that any rocket launched in the US has a destruct button. All of the manned space vehicles had one. Those destruct overrides have to be in working order before any launch.

    From what I heard about safety for the Antares, it sounded like it had slacked off a bit due to costs. If a procedure had been tried and had no problem for years, some QC (like having a live watcher) might have been skipped. Probably recorded, though.

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