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NASA and private sector have
big plans for space travel
— and they’re recruiting

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Posted By: Pluperfect, 3/15/2020 4:27:11 AM

Amid all the coronavirus worries, here’s a positive development: NASA this month began taking applications for new astronauts. You probably won’t qualify: Candidates must have STEM backgrounds, and the odds of being accepted in the last round were 50 times worse than those for Harvard applicants. Plus NASA’s at least four years away from getting anyone to the moon — though that’s far from the only manned mission now on the planning boards. On the other hand, firms like Axiom Space and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are starting to offer regular commercial trips that are (literally) out of this world — and you don’t need to be a real astronaut.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: GO3 3/15/2020 7:35:42 AM (No. 346773)
I'm all for space exploration, but NASA and Musk need to explain how they intend to protect astronauts from cosmic radiation outside the Earth's magnetosphere. Only 24 people have been outside our protective magnetic shield, those being the Apollo astronauts on moon missions. These explorers were four to five times likely to develop cardio-vascular disease when compared to astronauts who had not been on any missions and those who had completed low earth orbit missions. And the Apollo astronauts were outside the shield for a relatively short period of time. A moon colony or the long journey to Mars (at best seven months) and extended stays on the surface would likely be deadly. And this is just one of the huge problems to overcome. I wish the recruits all the best, but I would ask the powers that be about these problems before I sign up.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: paral04 3/15/2020 8:41:47 AM (No. 346836)
Why would anyone use Harvard as the gold standard of anything. Look who they have hired/admitted. Elizabeth Warren, a liar and a cheat, that Hogg kid, Ted Kennedy among others. Also, it is the roach motel. Once you are admitted you are in forever no matter what you do.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Strike3 3/15/2020 10:08:56 AM (No. 346952)
When I was a kid, one of my big dreams was to become an astronaut (right behind becoming Superman, Batman or Green Lantern). Now, the thought of leaving this beautiful Earth to live on some barren piece of rock under a dome that holds in a liveable atmosphere is about as appealing as living in Russia or France. NASA is doing this for purely military purposes, not that there is anything wrong with that, but future scientists will make up a very small part of the crews.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/15/2020 10:20:00 AM (No. 346962)
I'm all for space exploration, too. And it's time to turn it over to private enterprise. All those who think a moon or Mars mission is worthwhile can buy stock in the venture. The Government doesn't have to do/finance everything, does it? Think of the future capital gains and dividends!
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