Uni, We're on our way to Pluto

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  1. jocose

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    With still more delays, New Horizons went smoothly on it's 10 year mission to Pluto at 2:00 pm EST!!!!

    !!!!!!!!!PLUTO OR BUST!!!!!!!
     
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    how come ya'lls stuff doesn't make the big news anymore? remember Jules Bergman?
     
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    That's all part of NASA's problem. We desparately need a spindoctor!! Everything we do should be making headlines, but we treat everything as if it were run of the mill crap that we're doing instead of really cool, dangerous, cutting edge stuff...
     
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    No kidding!
    I mean, you guys invented the material my bed is made out of! :D
     
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    and the other problem is that while New Horizons is plugging away for the next 9+ years, we will allow the country to foget all about it. Then come the day we've been waiting for, no one will remember or care.
     
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    left over space food?
     
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    Jocose, I for one think it's hella-cool - and I try to keep up with all the cool missions, there's just very little out there and if you're not looking for it, you won't know about it.

    But this one IS terribly exciting. :cheer:
     
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    before Columbia blew up, we were doing things a whole lot...the next shuttle mission will be the 121st shuttle mission. We launch a lot of probes and satellites. Sadly, we've been f'ing things up a lot lately...so maybe it's good we're not in the news too much these days.
     
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    my thoughts exactly (not picking at ya this time ;) )
     
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    I appreciate that, but when something positive IS happening, all the more reason to get the word out there. Nothing can (or should) erase past tragedies; but NASA has been living with those for a very long time. It comes with the territory. But so do successful missions; this needs to be remembered, too. :)
     
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    Terri, you hit the nail on the head. that is exactly our problem...we don't promote our successes enough, and we did our best in the 80s and 90s to convince everyone that this was all normal stuff. We succeeded in convincing America that this sh*t isn't dangerous, which was our biggest mistake. We should have been telling people from the start that what we do is incredibly dangerous and that there is a very real possibility of loss of life every time we shoot people into space. That would have helped people accept Challenger and Columbia more. Think about it, we all mourn the loss of our soldiers who die every day in Iraq, but we know that it's inevitable because they are soldiers...sadly, that's what they do they kill or they die...we all mourn, but it's not the same way we mourn the loss of someone killed in a car accident or a bombing. We all know what the possibility is when we sign on to be in the military. This is true for astronauts as well. But we (NASA) have never properly prepared the American people for loss of life, even though it's happened 3 times now.

    So, in the 80s and 90s we only really made headlines when something went wrong. The problem is that NASA is in the business of pushing the envelope. A good example is the Return to Flight mission over the summer. Everyone made a big deal how we f'ed up again because there was still that big chunk of foam that came off. Well, let's be realistic, the stress and pressure that is put on the tanks and shuttle are insane, and there isn't really a way to simulate, so as any scientist will tell you, the only way to test it is to do it. That's what we did. We didn't "fail" because the foam still came off, we just learned that we still need to do more...any scientist will tell you that getting unexpected results from an experiment isn't failure, it's just learning something you weren't expecting.

    This is all part of the reason I want out of the farkackted agency!
     
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    IMO, NASA will not rekindle the excitement the public once felt until it goes back to the moon or offers rides to the public on missions....there's your news.
     

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