With the recent threads about military spending, I was wondering what NASA's budget was, and that just 18.69 Billion, about .5% of the annual government budget.
The US Spends More Money Air conditioning Military tents in Iraq then they do on NASA's Annual Budget.
Thoughts? I think this country is becoming ass backwards, the country grew into what it is over the past 60 years because we devoted resources to innovation. Now we have a empty hole in our space program, financial aid is being slashed and students are buried in debt, public schools system which used to be the leader in the world has falling out of the top 20, and have outdated and failing infrastructure. Yet we will spend a total of $4 trillion fighting unnecessary wars. We lived our glory days because we innovated, what is going to happen in 20 years now that we are failing. /rant
Thread: NASA's Budget VS Military Budget
07-09-2011, 12:34 AM #1
NASA's Budget VS Military Budget
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07-09-2011, 12:38 AM #2
The military provides defense and millions of jobs. What does NASA do besides study nonsense in orbit and put flags on the moon? Don't get me wrong, I'm a sci-fi fan and like the idea of space exploration but NASA simply isn't exciting.
I'd be excited if space travel was both feasible and affordable for the masses. The private sector will need to make huge discoveries in propulsion for that to happen.
07-09-2011, 12:43 AM #3
I'm for cutting both budgets, really, but don't pretend the military budget is actually for defense. I'd say most of it isn't and most of it is actually used in a way that puts us more at risk. It should be called the terrorist breeding program.
07-09-2011, 12:46 AM #4
I support the massive amounts of research and development the military does and believe they play a very important role in the advancement of society, but that only goes up to a level. When you spend more money on air conditioning ****ing tents in the god damn desert, then we spend on what was once the glowing achievement of american success as a country then something is wrong.
NASA has done amazing things with their minuscule budget, and it isn't about excitement (though many people would say your comment about excitement is wrong) it is about advancing our knowledge, our technology our way of life, and we live the life we live because of the discoveries and technology NASA developed. This country has put innovation to the side for stupidity.
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Good timing of this thread, since I had just read this article earlier today, it's pretty light on content though:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In a little more than 12 hours, the space shuttle will blast into space and into American history books.
Space Shuttle Atlantis is ready for its last launch, which is scheduled for Friday at the Kennedy Space Center depending on weather conditions in Florida. With the launch, NASA is ending the 30-year run for the space shuttle program after 135 flights.
So in Thursday night’s “Good Question,” we ask what have we gained from outer space? WCCO-TV’s Jamie Yuccas found some down-to-earth benefits we enjoy on a daily basis.
Before you hit the ground or the road, you might want to think about what goes up in the air.
“I like seeing the space shuttle lift off on TV,” said Clare Kade.
When Jamie asked a younger what they envision outer space to look like, Jack said “Green, and orange and going in a spaceship.”
Many find it to be one of the most inspiring things they’ll see. Besides wonderment, actual products have come from the space program.
One such product is the handheld microphone. Sally Brummel works for the Minnesota Planetarium Society and showed us a cooling suit worn by Apollo astronaut Allen Bean.
The planetarium society just received new artifacts from NASA. And inside, collections from the agency have developed, some into fashion.
“Don’t they look like cargo pants? They do have a pocket down there,” said Brummel.
And that’s just where it gets started.
“A lot of technology products,” Kevin Rooney said.
“Digital cameras wouldn’t be possible without NASA technology, computer chips and even things like foam that’s used to protect the external tank on the shuttle is also used to make molds for prosthetic limbs,” Brummel said.
Amy Boyle said she learned about dried food from NASA and likes to use it for camping.
“Another one I heard about is helping to build better vaccines because you bring up the samples,” Brummel said.
“I feel like there’s been so many advancements (because of NASA),” Boyle said.
NASA’s list of developments tops more than 100 every day products and thousands of computer programs.
“Pretty much anything you can think of today that is cheaper, smaller faster, better anything you use in your daily life is likely a spinoff from NASA because they have to develop such state-of-the-art technologies to get people into space,” Brummel said.
And even though the 30-year-old shuttle program is ending, Brummel said the advancements will just keep coming.
“It’s time to move on, time to build the next generation,” said Brummel.
It seems with everything NASA has brought us, only the sky is the limit. We also found out some surprising things NASA didn’t bring to the market.
Believe it or not, Tang, teflon and velcro were all used or associated with the space program but they didn’t come from NASA.
After Atlantis launches Friday there will be no way to get an astronaut into space from American soil. So what’s next? NASA officials said they are working on space vehicles with the goal of landing on Mars someday.
07-09-2011, 01:02 AM #9
What they should have done is taken all of that money and put it into R&D for alternative energy, plus used it to install millions of wind turbines and solar panels (and some other renewable sources) based on current technology. We would be almost completely energy independent, it would create tons of jobs that actually accomplish something positive, it would cut pollution INSANELY, and the world would be a much better place. Instead, these scummy politicians on both sides are forking it hand over fist to military contractors and the military, and we're not accomplishing ANY F*CKING THING AT ALL.
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