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  • joeschmo Jul 14, 1:51 p.m.

    We're never going to live on Mars or the moon so NASA should be a budget cut.

    — Posted by oceancandle

    I hope you're kidding. The ultimate goal of NASA should be Mars colonization or it's a failure? Never mind all of the knowledge of our world, solar system and beyond that we've gained. Never mind the terrestrial, commercial applications that have their roots in NASA programs (see this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_spin-off_technologies).

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 14, 1:46 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

    — Posted by midnightclay

    Agreed......there's nothing out there but space......but I'd rather spend my money on this than... View More

    — Posted by ifoughtthelaw

    Didn't even read your post before I said pretty much the same thing. I do not know if I agree there is nothing there but space, however we both agree all it would do if it wasn't spent on NASA is end up in the hands of the lazy. At least I get something out of this outlay of cash.

  • ncouterbanks69 Jul 14, 1:45 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

    — Posted by midnightclay

    Not near as big as waste as cuddling the lazy and buying them tv's, drugs etc.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Jul 14, 1:28 p.m.

    NASA works on muslim outreach now. It's going really well too....

  • iopsyc Jul 14, 9:58 a.m.

    We're never going to live on Mars or the moon so NASA should be a budget cut.

    — Posted by oceancandle

    You wont, others might. Even if they don't the work NASA does helps people right here on Earth.

  • oceancandle Jul 14, 9:25 a.m.

    We're never going to live on Mars or the moon so NASA should be a budget cut.

  • LocalYokel Jul 14, 8:13 a.m.

    Awesome article WRAL and amazing concepts. I liked reading the details of the flight and the pictures. Wish I had seen/heard the rocket myself.

    Please produce more science reporting and less sports reporting.

  • saturn5 Jul 13, 7:03 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

    — Posted by midnightclay

    And do you know how many day to day items we use that we have to thank NASA and the space... View More

    — Posted by smcallah

    To put NASA's budget in perspective, remember the TARP bailout in 2008? That one bill was more than every penny ever spent by NASA since the agency was created in 1958. Every paycheck, building, rocket and mission combined cost less than TARP. NASA's budget is about half a penny on the dollar.

  • smcallah Jul 13, 2:59 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

    — Posted by midnightclay

    And do you know how many day to day items we use that we have to thank NASA and the space program for?

    One of them is how you are even reading this in the first place, the computer. Or the plastic the computer is held in. Or some of the medicines they were able to research in microgravity that help treat people you love and know.

    NASA's budget is tiny compared to most other things that tax payer money is spent on. And NASA has the best return on the money.

    How much of a return on investment do we get on Social Security? Welfare? The Military? The NSA? CIA? The War on Drugs? Imprisoning minor drug offenders?

    All of those things cost many times more than any money that has been spent on space exploration.

  • StuckHere Jul 13, 2:16 p.m.

    I looked NE at 12:52pm and I saw it streak across the sky...that was pretty cool!!

  • saturn5 Jul 13, 1:50 p.m.

    The scientific experiments being done in microgravity on the ISS can't be done anywhere else. It may not deliver a new electronic toy to Best Buy in time for Christmas but the research there helps advance medicine, materials science among others.

  • ifoughtthelaw Jul 12, 9:36 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

    — Posted by midnightclay

    Agreed......there's nothing out there but space......but I'd rather spend my money on this than another entitlement program which is exactly where it would end up....at least I get some form of entertainment out of the space program.

  • midnightclay Jul 12, 8:26 p.m.

    Waste of Tax payers money

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