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    What are the views of our American friends on the efforts and value of NASA?


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    power to NASA, i loved the Moon Landing


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    I personally didn't really care for that Dan Goldin character.
    "Faster, better, cheaper" my butt.
    But he's gone now.
    "... the polhode rolls without slipping on the herpolhode lying in the invariable plane."
    ~Footnote in Goldstein's Mechanics, 3rd ed. p. 202
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    Have you guys been watching NASA tv? - keeping an eye on the ISS at the moment?.

    I'm hoping things go really well so they'll get to Mars before I er.... well you know, 2040? I'll be 104 then and cheering em on!.
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    Well, I support their efforts on Mars, as well as their deep-space exploration (Voyagers, New Horizons). I think that their doing th right thing. But it's not like they have much competition. I think with some competition they'd work faster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The P-manator
    Well, I support their efforts on Mars, as well as their deep-space exploration (Voyagers, New Horizons). I think that their doing th right thing. But it's not like they have much competition. I think with some competition they'd work faster.
    I'm not sure anybody else has the resources to compete with them, china perhaps but.....

    The crap thing is they probably need every government between now and '40 to support it what are the chances of that happening?.
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    Well if the U.S. stopped spending its money on the military and the war in iraq, maybe they culd focus on the space program a bit more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billco
    Have you guys been watching NASA tv? - keeping an eye on the ISS at the moment?.

    I'm hoping things go really well so they'll get to Mars before I er.... well you know, 2040? I'll be 104 then and cheering em on!.
    Then you are pretty old. You must know alot.

    Tell me something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billco
    Have you guys been watching NASA tv? - keeping an eye on the ISS at the moment?.

    I'm hoping things go really well so they'll get to Mars before I er.... well you know, 2040? I'll be 104 then and cheering em on!.
    Then you are pretty old. You must know alot.

    Tell me something.
    Something!
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    Ok thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeavingQuietly
    Ok thanks!
    Well, old I may be but psychic not, ask your question and I shall do my best to find the answer...
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    I watched the canded camera once, and they had this disc in a suitcase that rotated and they couldn't go sideways with it. Why?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeavingQuietly
    I watched the canded camera once, and they had this disc in a suitcase that rotated and they couldn't go sideways with it. Why?
    Look up Precession for the answer.
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    At this forum? And how fast must it rotate etc.

    PS. Is that why I stay on my bike? DS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeavingQuietly
    At this forum? And how fast must it rotate etc.

    PS. Is that why I stay on my bike? DS.


    Oh, sorry, thank you!
    How fast it must rotate will depend on how much energy you can offer to deflect the direction the mass is travelling in from it's desired course, and also how much mass is in the wheel.

    As for your bike, the mass of the wheels is not enough to keep you on, otherwise you would not have fallen off whilst you were learning.
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    You don't think the whole UFO story is just a bunch of precession or something, do you? (you must have gotten yourself an oppinion on this one I'm sure of it).
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    Having signed various documents which restrict by law, what I may divulge, I decline to answer that one!
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    Thank you for your replies and time taken. Much thank you's!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeavingQuietly
    Thank you for your replies and time taken. Much thank you's!
    My pleaseure, As for UFO's they exist, as to whether any of them are extra-terrestrial I have no doubt the answer is no.
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    I was thinking about how you would do the ufo, some sort of chain with spinning discs that spun around its own axis would make a good engine in space but in the atmosphere, well it might work. Advanced stuff.

    But it seems it would work with precession.

    But those aliens, must still take long time for them to get here. The real question is should we be satisfied with our cars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeavingQuietly
    I was thinking about how you would do the ufo, some sort of chain with spinning discs that spun around its own axis would make a good engine in space but in the atmosphere, well it might work. Advanced stuff.

    But it seems it would work with precession.

    But those aliens, must still take long time for them to get here. The real question is should we be satisfied with our cars?
    An object with mass and exhibiting precession, will still be subject to the force of gravity, and hence fall to the ground. In space, it is a closed system and therefore cannot, of itself, move.
    you say "those aliens" which puzzles me as I was unaware that any had been identified. 8)

    Do I detect a certain amount of factetiousness in your postings?
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    Why can't it move by itself, there is no such law.

    The law is movement needs work. s' different. I wasn't saying "without work, the spaceship moves away", I was saying that a closed system could (especialy if they call it UFO) move through space without (which is in a closed systems nature) spluring out magnetic material or gas. But ofcourse, I don't have one of those UFO's athome so I really wouldn't know.

    Why exactly can't it work?
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    UFO's do exist...since by definition they are "unidentified flying objects" and people see them all the time...now whether they're alien space craft is debateable. I was camping in Turner Falls, Oklahoma. It was a beautifully clear, mild night...so I choose to sleep under the stars instead of in my tent. I was laying on my back, gazing at all the stars, when I saw a green light in sky moving. It would sit motionless for a while then zoom off in another direction, taking 90 degree turns, unlike any plane or anything else i've ever seen...and then it was gone. I still to this day have no idea what it was. I know it wasn't a shooting star, I know it wasn't a weather balloon, and I know it wasn't any kind of plane (at least none the non-classified variety). But it's always made me wonder if we are alone.
    With the billions of galaxies out there, and the billions of stars in those galaxies, it seems highly unlikely that we are the only life in the universe.
    Fixin' shit that ain't broke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver1968
    UFO's do exist...since by definition they are "unidentified flying objects" and people see them all the time...now whether they're alien space craft is debateable. I was camping in Turner Falls, Oklahoma. It was a beautifully clear, mild night...so I choose to sleep under the stars instead of in my tent. I was laying on my back, gazing at all the stars, when I saw a green light in sky moving. It would sit motionless for a while then zoom off in another direction, taking 90 degree turns, unlike any plane or anything else i've ever seen...and then it was gone. I still to this day have no idea what it was. I know it wasn't a shooting star, I know it wasn't a weather balloon, and I know it wasn't any kind of plane (at least none the non-classified variety). But it's always made me wonder if we are alone.
    With the billions of galaxies out there, and the billions of stars in those galaxies, it seems highly unlikely that we are the only life in the universe.
    It wasn't the twinkle in her eye as she sat on you was it? :wink:
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