NASA to return shuttle fleet to space in December

From Yahoo/New York Times

It sounds great, but then you start getting that queasy feeling that they might be rushing it. One more accident could kill America's manned exploration of space for decades to come.

It''s time to retire the shuttle. We need a new, more efficient, and practical reusable vehicle.

I love seeing us heading back into space, and I don''t imagine it''s anything but a dangerous endeavor, but our technology has advanced significantly since 1981. We need a new design.

Those fossils need to be relegated to a museum; make way for the advanced designs spawned (not spurned, that would be stupid) by the X-Prize contest! If NASA continues to fail at its current rate, commercial manned space flight will soon take off (pun intended). I personally can''t wait to fly past the stratosphere in the Pepsi Space Plane and dock with the Nextel International Space Station.

The X-Prize is a fantastic idea, well funded, and making the most significant progress in getting commercial space travel going. Plus, John Carmack is involved, so you know it''s extra cool.

Bagg, I don''t think ''spurned'' was quite the word you were looking for. Spawned perhaps?

Sorry, the only skill I developed from my English major is criticizing other''s (ab)use of grammar.

I don''t know what you''re talking about; clearly I wrote ""spawned,"" the correct word for that sentence, above. Is that a run-on?

I''m nitpicky with grammar/spelling as well, except I don''t have the formal training of a fancy-pants English degree. I''d say as programmers go, I''m pretty good.

Hmmm, I wonder how I could possibly have misread that ...

It must have been an odd illusion. I''m sure that edited by Baggachipz at the bottom of the post has nothing to do with it.

Yeah, and it appears that the same evil clone edited my response as well. Oh, back on topic: Rockets are cool.

p.s.: Does anyone else get the ""Invalid_session"" error a lot as well?

I''ve gotten that a few times recently. I''ve been meaning to ask Pyro about it.

Actually, I think I just have.

I think you just did, I got that this morning, logging out and back in fixed it. Maybe I should make a sticky thread in Everything Else

You know, sometimes ya''ll hijack a thread so well, it makes going back to the orignal post a pointless endevor. But I like outter space stuff.

So, ummm. The space shuttle. We should totally get something better....

Yeah, problem is though that NASA has been facing a lot of financial cuts the last couple of years, fielding a new kind of spacecraft would mean massive investments and that''s just something I don''t see happening very soon.

Someone needs to come out with some numbers that prove''s there''s oil in space. Watch the funding for NASA after that.

I''m proud to say I own shares of SpaceDev, a company who believes there are mineable resources in space. As soon as they prove it, get funding to mine/transport/wholesale, build ships to do it, market themselves, deal with trading laws, own patents, and make some money......I''ll be worth millions!!! And I won''t forget all you small people.

"Rat Boy" wrote:

It sounds great, but then you start getting that queasy feeling that they might be rushing it. One more accident could kill America''s manned exploration of space for decades to come.

I don''t think another accident would stop the US'' manned space program -- but it would certainly result in NASA receiving an enema.

China''s launching a man into orbit this fall. They''ve set their sights on a moon landing in the near future. That alone will prompt a renewed interest by Americans in their space program...if only for national pride.

And that''s really what the whole ''69 moon landing was about.