NASA is firing up the experimental rocket engine 5M15, which runs on compressed liquid methane. Holy mama!
Black Jack Crack said:
A waste of money. The moon is a gray dead rock that circles the earth, Mars is a red planet that has never sustained life, we are COMPLETELY ALONE.
Those NASA clowns throw away billions of dollars for shit like this when the money could be spent improving our world. Pass me a prozac.
Robert KvH said:
It's always hard to predict what technology will result in a spinoff that can change the world. The drive for miniature electronics got a large push because of the weight and space restrictions of launching things into space. Would you prefer to give up all the satellites in orbit? ie no GPS location, no weather satellites (no hurricane warnings), etc? Exploration of the unknown is an important part of human existence. Similar comments were made about leaving Europe, China, etc. Don't forget, without an accurate chronometer, navigation was wildly inaccurate.
Back to myself:
Indeed. I am not in doubt naysayers have been saying it since the dawn of civilzation: "What? Go gallivanting away on a poinless and expensive adventure to find other towns? When we have so many problems to fix right here in our own town?"