>> EmiratesA345 Reply 14 >> Waste of tax payer money.
NASA does everything from manned spaceflight, to unmanned exploration, to laboratory science on a budget of $16 billion dollars a year. NASA cost each taxpaying adult less than a medium pizza. Hard to choose between an organization that has inspired thousands of young people and led to countless scientific breakthroughs and a peperoni?
>> CORULEZ05 >> Just look at what is going on now with the shuttle. They spent 2 years supposebly "fixing" the problem and spent tons of money (billions I believe) and it turns out, the problem WASN'T fixed
Actually, foam impacts to Discovery -114 were reduced from an average of 125 dints to 25 detectable dints. The foam strip that was lost during launch is a huge anamoly in the program, because foam has never been lost at that stage of flight before. Foam is typically lost a Max-Q, when the Shuttle is passing through the most aerodynamic stress in the relativly thick lower atmosphere. The strip lost on Tuesday was shed at a point when the vehicle was under relativly little aerodynamic loads.
It is a significant problem, yes, but to say NASA has made zero progress is false.
>> Falcon84 Reply 22 >> Podunk would be good.
Haha.. yeah I would second that one