evilspoons2012/06/16 Rating -4
at 10:51 AM ET
Congratulations on the safe and successful launch!! News like this puts a huge grin on my face every time.
Someone needs to be in space, no matter what country... the big picture is so much more important than petty arguments between countries. And as for the foreign aid thing, I am 100% OK with part of my taxes helping put the human race back that much closer to the stars.
Gambitdude2012/06/16 Rating -8
at 10:28 AM ET
It is a shame we were once in awe of our space program in the west. Now alas, poor Yorik, we are bankrupt.
Occ192 Ossie2012/06/16 Rating -8
at 9:56 AM ET
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at 9:53 AM ETSejanus writes:
"A future for mankind is reliant on successful expansion into space."
Only in the very, very long run...
Our Sun will become a red giant in about 5 billion years and destroy the Earth... but our more immediate and practical survival depends on figuring out how to live more sustainably right here on Terra Firma.
Unless we do that within the next few hundred years , mankind will have no chance whatsoever of developing the technology for a viable expansion into the cosmos.
No species has survived on this planet longer than the dinosaurs, which lasted about 150 million years. The way things are going, we'll be lucky to reach 1/2 million years - and we'll probably take 90% of the rest of Earth's life with us into a mass extinction.
Faster that light travel - which contradicts current physical laws - or a much longer human life-span, will be required before we will ever be able to travel to other habitable planets in any numbers.
dollastorejunky2012/06/16 Rating -11
at 9:52 AM ET
Let's have speace and not war.....
VPD1012012/06/16 Rating 31
at 11:30 AM ET
Why are people so excited? The Chinese government uses this advance technology to suppress it's own people; didn't you see how they harass a blind man.