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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958 from its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). NASA has led U.S. efforts for space exploration ever since, resulting in the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently NASA is supporting the International Space Station and developing new Ares I and IV launch vehicles. In addition to the space program, it is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research. NASA Science is focused on better understanding Earth itself through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic missions such as New Horizons, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs. Since February 2006 NASA's self-described mission statement is to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research."

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Collapse of the USSR Space Race motivation gone
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3 Over-celebration Quality slides after Space Shuttle successes.
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4 Moon Landings It was all downhill from there
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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6 Major Nelson left... I would too if I had Jeannie
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7 I realized TV's vision was FO Shouldn't we have accomplished more by now?
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1 Um, Brewmaster, we already are. And have been for at least the last 30 years. Where have you been? All NASA's given us in that time is exploding shuttles, faulty equipment on others that makes them unable to even launch, and Mars probes that reveal...nothing. I'm not saying it's the only thing that should be cut, but it's a start. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on September 1, 2012, 5:40 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Yes, Let's be a mewling little welfare state instead of a country that can do great things. -- Submitted By: (BrewMaster) on August 31, 2012, 6:52 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Just cut all funding to NASA already. We've got enough problems right here on Earth. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on August 30, 2012, 8:21 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I think NASA boned for me when I realized they were never going to come remotely close to achieving what I saw depicted on many of my favorite Sci Fi series of the 1960s. Lost In Space was supposed to take place in 1999. Did people actually believe such space travel would be possible by 1999? Seems that mindset had to come from somewhere. History has shown we were way off on that one. Truth is, space travel beyond the moon is largely impractical, and our knowledge of space beyond the moon is progressing at a snail's pace. Even these theories they come out with don't hold water, like the "other Earth" they discovered. How does anyone check the validity of a claim made about a planet umpteen light years away? Don't even get me started on the Mars rovers. What is "Curiosity" supposed to accomplish that the last umpteen rovers didn't again? Finding water that doesn't even appear to exist where their polar icecaps would be? Sure! As for the "technology" this brought about, there's too many unknowns there. For one thing, there's no guarantees that other types of "demand" wouldn't have spawned these things anyway. For another, what affect has all that additional automation had on jobs and the economy? Are we so sure it was a good thing in light of all the downsizing and outsourcing we read about? Are we so sure it's been worth this ridiculous price tag, that we're still afraid to send even lab rats to Mars? Phooey on NASA and the space program. When "The Jetsons" have more creative ideas than you do, man you're a failure! -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on August 27, 2012, 2:54 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Travoltron, if true then those are some smart aliens. I always say the best proof of intelligent life on other planets is that they don't publicly make themselves known here. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on December 6, 2010, 12:01 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I heard a conspiracy theory that further moon landings (and Mars, etc.) were called off by the order of aliens, whom feared we were too warlike. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on December 4, 2010, 4:20 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 This is Obama's NASA priorities, folks. Note that none of these three things involves space exploration. "Inspire children to learn math and science, expand international relationships and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/06/nasa-official-walks-claim-muslim-outreach-foremost-mission -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on July 6, 2010, 1:31 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Wow. Talk about egotism! Cheers to Travoltron for his great comments! -- Submitted By: (MacFan95) on April 16, 2010, 6:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 It's basically just a presidential pissing contest at this point. Obama scraps Bush's 2020 moon landings because Bush would get credit. Now he's apparently got his own plans for Mars in 2030 so he can get the credit. The next President will probably scrap those plans for his own pet project. In other words, it won't ever happen in our lifetimes. If only the Executive Branch could be cut out of the equation. Somebody needs to pick a plan and STICK WITH IT. -- Submitted By: (Travoltron) on April 16, 2010, 1:50 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
10 The only time I heard of math is political is in 1984: 2+2=5. I think there are a lot of factors contributing to the decline of education, and the result is the dumbing down of kids. People should encourage their kids to read and educate themselves, because there are things the school is not teaching them but should. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 8, 2010, 8:37 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
11 But Robert, how does that explain the decline in math skills? Math isn't political, it's just math. The answer to a math problem is either right or it isn't. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 6, 2010, 6:04 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Because of space technology we have satellites (without them, there'd be no radio, no TV, etc.), along with knowledge of planets and other celestial objects. Looking back, I realize I should've said "space tech" instead of NASA, partly because the USA is not the only nation with space tech, and other nations have contributed greatly to knowledge about space. I think the reason American education has gone down the crapper is because of politics. If your kid's teachers don't agree with something, your kid won't learn the truth, but rather what the teacher or educational system wants them to believe. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 4, 2010, 8:18 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
13 Robert, normally I agree with your posts. But exactly how has NASA helped or benefited American education and science, both of which are currently at their lowest levels ever and a joke to the rest of the civilized world? -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on March 4, 2010, 5:26 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
14 I know they're exceedingly expensive, but space programs are beneficial to education and science. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on March 2, 2010, 4:20 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 Oh I voted 'never boned.' Make no mistake, I'm a big fan of the program. With all the innovation it's given us, I certainly believe that NASA should pee farther more often. ;) -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on March 2, 2010, 4:14 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
16 Perhaps that is the case, MCS and Friedrich. However; from that contest such technology as PCs and the 'Net itself arose from the need to be able to process as much info ASAP via as little bulk and weight as possible so they could conserve rocket fuel so it wasn't without positive changes. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on March 2, 2010, 11:04 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
17 All the Space Race was was a pissing contest. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on March 1, 2010, 8:27 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
18 NASA can only do as much as the funding they get allows. -- Submitted By: (Stephanie) on February 18, 2010, 11:44 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
19 I'm afraid the moon shot was just a big, expensive pissing contest. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on February 17, 2010, 9:20 am - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
20 While I doubt the moon landing was a hoax, it seems that there hasn't been much done lately. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on February 16, 2010, 5:50 pm - (3 votes) - Login to Vote

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