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Anybody planning on watching the SpaceX launch Wednesday @ 4:33 PM ? Anybody going to see it in person ? If all goes well, it would be the first launch of NASA Astronauts to space from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program was retired nearly a decade ago. It will be the first time a private company had boosted people to orbit. Since the shuttle was retired, NASA has had to rely on Russia to get its astronauts to the station. I have seen YouTube videos of the Cockpit and it's more like what you see on Star-Trek (NOT Star Wars). The Astronauts basically just sit and watch several large touch-screens / barely any other controls. I'm looking forward to it and it's something to get excited about.
 
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This event, either way, it goes, is going to change our country. Hopefully, if all goes well, it will be a monumental achievement of the free and (mostly) capitalist society our ancestors fought and died to leave us. I will certainly be watching.
 
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I definitely plan on watching the launch. Remember watching every Space Shuttle launch in it's early days, even setting the alarm for 3 am in the morning if I had to watch live at that time. Hope this launch goes well.
 
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I'm not too far away, and weather permitting, might fly my Cessna to the outskirts of the TFR. Which is unfortunately 40NM away. The better views are the live streaming ones, that's for sure. But it's still wonderful to see launches in person.
 
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Originally Posted by Cujet
I'm not too far away, and weather permitting, might fly my Cessna to the outskirts of the TFR. Which is unfortunately 40NM away. The better views are the live streaming ones, that's for sure. But it's still wonderful to see launches in person.
Yes, it's the same with fireworks. No replacement for actually seeing it, feeling it, hearing it in person (if you're close enough to fireworks you can smell it too).
 
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Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
What would you rather the small amount of money be spent on?
 
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Originally Posted by Al
Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
Well lots of technologies were developed during the moon race. So you're wrong. There was a good return for putting man on the moon. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/s...Moon_Was_Hard_But_the_Benefits_Were_Huge https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2019/07/20/apollo-11-facts-figures-business/#4f7675b43377 https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/7423...ch-the-moon-was-put-to-use-back-on-earth
 
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Originally Posted by Al
Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
NASA's budget for 2020 is .48% of our total budget. Yes, less than half of one percent. Considering the advancements in technology we've gained over the years I'd say well worth it. Plus this is mostly SpaceX's doing. A private company so they can spend their money on whatever
 
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Originally Posted by Aero540T
Originally Posted by Al
Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
NASA's budget for 2020 is .48% of our total budget. Yes, less than half of one percent. Considering the advancements in technology we've gained over the years I'd say well worth it. Plus this is mostly SpaceX's doing. A private company so they can spend their money on whatever
Technically SpaceX is only doing it because NASA got out of the space launching business and put it out for bid. Boeing was also in the hunt but they're a little behind. The theory is that it's cheaper to put it out for bid than building your own. There's lots of other expensive tech out there. LIGO cost over a billion and all it does is detect gravitational waves.
 
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Originally Posted by Wolf359
Originally Posted by Al
Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
Well lots of technologies were developed during the moon race. So you're wrong. There was a good return for putting man on the moon. https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/s...Moon_Was_Hard_But_the_Benefits_Were_Huge https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2019/07/20/apollo-11-facts-figures-business/#4f7675b43377 https://www.npr.org/2019/07/20/7423...ch-the-moon-was-put-to-use-back-on-earth
^^^ This
 
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The first step on learning how to go to the moon as planned in 2004. I think we were supposed to have a manned mission to the moon this year. But we are rediscovering 1960 technologies.
 
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Originally Posted by Wolf359
Originally Posted by Aero540T
Originally Posted by Al
Well its a nationalistic thing but is it worth the money and commitment? No. Was there any return on putting man on the moon? No
NASA's budget for 2020 is .48% of our total budget. Yes, less than half of one percent. Considering the advancements in technology we've gained over the years I'd say well worth it. Plus this is mostly SpaceX's doing. A private company so they can spend their money on whatever
Technically SpaceX is only doing it because NASA got out of the space launching business and put it out for bid. Boeing was also in the hunt but they're a little behind. The theory is that it's cheaper to put it out for bid than building your own. There's lots of other expensive tech out there. LIGO cost over a billion and all it does is detect gravitational waves.
Yeah Boeing really screwed the pooch on their test flight!
 
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