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Dawn Space Probe Launches

Fri Sep 28, 2007 7:25 am

Dawn space probe lifted off today from Cape Canaveral- headed for an asteroid and a dwarf planet.


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RE: Dawn Space Probe Launches

Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:32 pm

Tried to see the launch, but clouds were in the way, so all I saw was a tiny bit of the smoke plume.  Sad

Best of luck to Dawn on its mission.

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RE: Dawn Space Probe Launches

Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:25 am

Congrats to NASA and the team who built the probe.
Another important milestone is solar system exploration, where the oft maligned NASA has been outstanding.
One day, close examination of asteroids might be seen as of vital importance to mankind beyond science/pure exploration.
(The Dinosaurs did not have a space programme).
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RE: Dawn Space Probe Launches

Wed Oct 17, 2007 10:38 am

For all the grievances I have for NASA (where is Moon Base Alpha!) it's still a nice feeling when they launch a new mission.
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RE: Dawn Space Probe Launches

Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:58 pm

Quoting Norlander (Reply 3):
For all the grievances I have for NASA (where is Moon Base Alpha!)

NASA can only build what the United States Congress authorizes and funds them to build. Congress has not authorized Moon Base Alpha yet. NASA's first Moon Base plans died in the Budget Disaster of 1967, in which funds for all post-Apollo programs were essentially zeroed out (only SkyLab survived, barely, and at the cost of Apollo 20.) NASA's next serious opportunity to start work on a Moon Base was the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) in 1989, on the 20th Anniversary of Apollo 11. NASA management completely botched that opportunity, adding everything but the kitchen sink to their wish list, which was instantly killed by Congress because of its enormous cost (reportedly $500 billion, but even if half that, it was still far too expensive.) It took fifteen years for NASA to build back up its credibility with Congress and the White House after that fiasco, and in 2004 President Bush again proposed lunar exploration, in the form of the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE) now known as Project Constellation.

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