End of space shuttle offers Russia new opportunity

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  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The mothballing of the space shuttle will be mourned by many astronauts, but Russia is relishing the prospect of serving as the only carrier to the international space station.
    That honor will earn Russia hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for ferrying U.S. and other astronauts to the orbiting laboratory in its Soviet-vintage Soyuz spacecraft.

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2015663081_shuttlerussia20.html

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  2. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Thanks for the post Terry.

    Tomorrow will be a sad day in US Space Travel history.

    What can we give away to another Country next ?


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  3. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    How about our country and jobs to illegal aliens? Oh, that's being done already:mad:.

    I am compassionate; I give help all the time, but I don't wan't my stuff being taken away from me after I've paid for it. and Ian says give the government more money, they know what to do with it. What a joke.
  4. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Please everyone keep this in mind in 2012. We need this guy out of the White House.

    John
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  5. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    The problem is they are not being "mothballed" they are being de-commissioned - pretty junk.

    Isnt a replacement in the pipeline anyway?
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    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    The problem is they are not being "mothballed" they are being de-commissioned - pretty junk.

    Isnt a replacement in the pipeline anyway?
  7. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    They can not Replace all jobs that the shuttle could do, or done.

    They were able to repair com satellites and the Hubble telescope, and them spy sats.

    Now they think that they can just blow up the old sats and send a replacement.
    Makes for a bunch of space junk that we will have to be dodging, Forever.

    They never told the public about all of the rockets that got lost, or they had to destroy because they went off coarse.

    It is not all the Bed of roses that people are lead to believe.

    A satellite does not last forever. They were able to bring them back, Now we just hope for the best...

    They did a lot more than make deliveries to the space station.

    We will waste a bunch of money on a new project, Then wish we had the old one that worked...


    DonL
  8. TJanak

    TJanak Member

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    Ain't that the truth
  9. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

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    2 of them got smoked, so thats a bit high on the loss list. Time for a new rig.
  10. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    That is still a lower failure than the Rockets.

    The Human lives can not be replaced, The rockets can, At your expense.

    The US can build good Satellites, They just cant get all of them into the proper orbit.

    Many of the Satellites that we launch are top secret, so the public never knows about the failures, but they do exist.
  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    How about IT jobs? Oh wait, most of those have gone to India.
    How about manufacturing jobs? Ummm... those went to China and Mexico.
    I know... Send welfare administration over to some call centre in India. Then, when you call to see where your welfare cheque is, you can talk to someone that goes by his Americanized name "Bob".
  12. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    It's like hitting your head against a brick wall trying to get common sense through to Americans.

    How many times have I told you this?

    If you want to compete you need to put more tax dollars into i) education; and, ii) healthcare.

    Other countries are beating the pants off of you because unless you come from a wealthly family here, you are likely to grow up being stupid, sick or both.

    Good schools are too expensive and so is healthcare. Taxpayers need to step in.

    A competitive labor force needs bright, healthy kids regardless of economic background.

    It's not...rocket science.
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  13. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    You have told us many times Ian.

    My question for you is;

    In your opinion, Is there anything that us Americans are good at/for ?


    Have a Great Day.


    DonL
  14. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Your burgers are the best in the world. Period.

    Your brassware is very nice but disappearing.

    And your pumps (e.g. Zoeller) are top notch.

    Your roads are wide (which is nice) but poorly maintained (which is bad).

    America's innovation is the key thing that always sees it through.

    Everything else, I can't think of much but we can debate.

    So, if you're after a decent hamburger, a brass sconce or a new pump them come to America. You will be very pleased!
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  15. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    I think with the latest influx of immigrants, we have also become good at making and using pinatas. anybody here have a good candidate for a design/look of one?
  16. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    ...I think I know where this is going...:(
  17. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    not really Ian. This is just fun.:)
  18. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    Here is My Vote;

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  19. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Oooooooooh.
  20. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    GASP! Ian, I am as shocked as you! Oh my, what have I done. But its not you; look, the head is on backwards
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