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NASA: Humans on Mars by 2035 is 'primary focus'
chron.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | Carol Christian |

Posted on 06/01/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin

NASA has been talking about sending people to Mars by 2035.

That goal is still on the books, despite recent upheaval in the space program, according to two of the agency's top scientists.

"In the near term, Mars remains our primary focus," Ellen Stofan, NASA's chief scientist said May 15 in a talk at the Royal Institution in London

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....scientists [also] decided to "redirect" an asteroid into an orbit of the moon and are searching for an asteroid that's an appropriate candidate.

"Once we find the right one, we'll use all the technology we've got," he said. "We'll snag it, we'll bag it and we'll drag it into orbit around the moon. Then we can send humans to a target that enables us to practice deep space operations."

NASA is looking for an asteroid that's about 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter. One idea is to enclose the asteroid in a gigantic, 20-meter bag and push it into orbit around the moon...

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: asteroid; astronomy; buzzaldrin; ellenstofan; elonmusk; geology; kumbaya; mannedspaceprogram; mars; marsmission; muslimoutreach; nasa; obamalegacy; science; spaceexploration; spacerace2; spacex; wewillferryyou
"This is not something any one nation can do on their own," Stofan said. "It's something that humanity is going to do together."

Good grief.

1 posted on 06/01/2014 1:02:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Seems like the moon would be the logical place to start. It can be a staging area to anywhere else. It only takes a few days to get there. It takes months to get to mars.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 1:03:18 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: BenLurkin; GeronL

How much will we be paying the Russians to fly us there?


3 posted on 06/01/2014 1:03:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: BenLurkin
NASA =
4 posted on 06/01/2014 1:04:37 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: BenLurkin

We will achieve this goal, if it is Allah’s will.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 1:04:58 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: BenLurkin

I thought Muslim outreach was NASA’s primary focus. The dimwit administrator admitted as much.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 1:05:51 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: BenLurkin

They’re waiting until the printed copy of the regulations in the Federal Register reaches the red planet.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 1:06:23 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: BenLurkin

20 years to get to Mars?

They’ll be pushing it to get back to the Moon in 20 years.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 1:08:21 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BenLurkin

ok, I’ll ask a stupid question hoping for a smart answer: if an asteroid is redirected to orbit the moon, will it have a tidal effect or would it be too small to matter?


9 posted on 06/01/2014 1:09:16 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

NASA...attempting to waste as much taxpayer money as is possible.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 1:10:38 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: BenLurkin

"Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars.....Get your ass to Mars....."

11 posted on 06/01/2014 1:11:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Let’s send the Democrat party to Mars.


12 posted on 06/01/2014 1:12:46 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator (Global Warming is caused by illegal immigrants!)
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To: hal ogen

“Whitey’s on Mars.”


13 posted on 06/01/2014 1:12:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I agree. As much as I’d like to see us get to mars, establishing a permanent base on the moon should be first.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 1:13:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: blueplum

Too small to master. Unless they goof and it crashes into the moon. Then we all basically die badly.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 1:17:49 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: BenLurkin
It was a span of 66 Years from the Wright Brothers in 1903 to the Moon landing in 1969.

Who would have thought in 1969 that it would be another 66 years before a landing on Mars?

(But who in 1969 would predict a dying USA was only 3 or 4 decades away?)

16 posted on 06/01/2014 1:23:35 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

Some people did predict that. Only took watching the moral downward slide.


17 posted on 06/01/2014 1:33:15 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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18 posted on 06/01/2014 1:49:22 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: blueplum

At 30 meters, too small to matter.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 1:49:47 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: BenLurkin

Not on Muslim outreach?


20 posted on 06/01/2014 3:24:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: DuncanWaring
20 years to get to Mars? They’ll be pushing it to get back to the Moon in 20 years.

SpaceX will beat them there and will do it for much less money.

21 posted on 06/01/2014 3:28:59 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: BenLurkin
Time to hang out the hitchhiking signs to get into orbit.

Собираетесь ли вы свой ​​путь?

你去我的方式?

You have to go 100 miles up before you travel tens of millions of miles, and we don't have that capability anymore.

22 posted on 06/01/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: BenLurkin

When did they change NASA’s objective back to space travel?


23 posted on 06/01/2014 4:36:51 PM PDT by oldtech
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks BenLurkin.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3161958/posts?page=15#15

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3161958/posts?page=49#49

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/spacex/index


24 posted on 06/01/2014 4:44:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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