Monday, April 3, 2017

Your tax dollars at work - Thanks NASA!

NASA is a great program that produces technical wonders including freeze dried food (yuck) and cameras (YAY - including the one in your phone.

In the past few years we've been receiving photos from various space projects and some of them are just so stunning they look fake. But these are fake news photos! This picture of the moon in front of the sun was taken from NASA's Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite that sits a million miles away from Earth.

"In 2015, it looked back at its home planet and captured a series of images showing what rock band Pink Floyd refers to as the 'dark side' of the moon (more aptly known as the 'far side' of the moon) as it passed between the camera and Earth. It's an almost startling perspective from a satellite that has a primary mission of monitoring solar winds."

Here's one reminiscent of All Hallows Eve- the sun looks like an evil Jack-O-Lantern. This picture was taken by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which imaged the sun in early October 2014.


"Auroras are a fascinating phenomenon involving swirling lights. When viewed from Earth, they light up the night sky and might make you think magical fairies really exist. This image from the crew of Expedition 32 on board the International Space Station in 2012 looks like the product of an artist's imagination, but it's real."

These are just some of the pictures sent back to earth by the many vehicles roaming our galaxy and they are beautiful (even in a horrible sort of way) and remind us that the universe is a really large and unexplored place.

Do you think that NASA is a good use of taxpayer dollars? What kinds of things would you like to see NASA do or discover in the future? Do you want to be an astronaut? Do you want to go to Mars and be a part of a colony? What kind of discoveries do you think will be made in your lifetime.

12 comments:

  1. NASA is a feat of human achievement and one of the few things America can be undeniably proud of so yes it is a good use of tax dollars, but their funding is so minimal that progress is hindered. Combining with private companies to reach new venues is a rocky path leading to their inevitable demise because they're an American government backed science venture and our people gawk at the rocket's might versus the photochemical gaseous output emitted, diffusing into their nostrils and circulatory system quicker than the actual rocket traveling upwards. Yes i would help propagate Mars. This planet is nearing population capacity and an inevitable extinction I'd like to avoid or succumb to quickly rather than slowly. NASA, Tesla, Blue Horizon all look to the future which is occupying outer space. It is the nature of man to conquer, pillage, and rejoice in it moving on when resources dwindle. What will happen when Mars is too full?

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  2. Yes I believe NASA is worth the taxpayer's money. Exploring the universe is not only fascinating but important at the same time. Knowing the things that surround our little play and trying to expand our knowledge is vital to growing as a planet and humans. I'm ready for Star Wars personally, we need space ships. But for now I'll settle with a landing place for missiles or a how to bring them back safely. I would be a space man if astronauts were a normal thing. I also want NASA to be able to send drones all over space that can handle the elements and still work. We have to shoot extremely high if we want to be friends with aliens one day. IN my lifetime I don't think about super cool will happen, a space tour of earth at the most.

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  3. NASA is a good use of our tax dollars that will benefit future discoveries outside of our Earth. In order to evolve as a human species we need to expand out of our planet an explore the rest of the universe in order to identity with other potential species in the solar system. There are many things that I would like to see NASA discover in the future, but above all is to discover other human life outside of our planet. Another discovery would be the potential of creating and establishing life on another planet or outside of our solar system. Discoveries i think will be made in our lifetime is the discovery of other human life form outside of planet earth.

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  4. NASA is one of the most important taxpayer funded programs the US has came up with. Even though the pictures that they show us are really cool, its only the side that they show the general public so they can understand what the program is doing. Aside from the images the program has given astronomers, astrophysicists, mathematicians more insight into our universe and to see if there are other possible life sustaining planets. Ihave always wanted to go to outer space, so being an astronaut would be really cool. besides going on a trip, I would love to live to see NASA discover more planets and more life in our galaxy!

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  5. I think NASA is not a good use of taxpayer dollars because they seem to always be working on things that don't have anything to do with us or things that take effect 20-30 years later when nobody will care because it doesn't affect them right now. I'd rather see NASA do something that will have an effect in the near future or give their money to people working on "right now" solutions to "right now" problems. I don't want to go into space or be an astronaut. I don't think there will be any real discoveries made in my lifetime, more likely something such as "we can't live on mars or the moon", which I don't think will surprise anyone.

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  6. NASA is a great use of taxpayer dollars in that it only has the interest of furthering mankind. NASA has not profiteering bias that would bring into question their credibility and intentions. NASA hopefully will discover far away planets capable of human life. That will be a feat in and of itself but then getting there will be the new frontier of human kind. I think that in my lifetime we will send someone to and from MARS. I would be open to being an astronaut but do believe there are far more qualified people that should go in my place. It really is exciting to see NASA's creations and discoveries as they are published and shared, most of which we were completely oblivious to prior.

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  7. I think that NASA is a good use of taxpayer dollars, because I believe that space exploration is important for learning about the universe and for finding ways that humans can have benefits from other planets, moons, etc. I would like Nasa to discover faster ways of moving through space, explore and land on more places like Mars or Europa, and just build better spaceships in general. I don't know if I'd want to be an astronaut, given how much training and danger there is and how much time you'd spend in space. I might want to go to Mars if I could bring along my friends and family, because I'd like to go to an ew place and make a new society there. The discoveries I think will be made in mylife time will be about places like Mars, Europa, Pluto, etc. or about how to build better rockets for people.

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  8. I believe that NASA is a good use of our money because I believe that there is other forms of life out there and other plants that can potentially house humans. It is NASA's job to find these plants and extra terrestrials in order to save human life. Even though the Earth is millions of years away from being sucked up by the sun, it will happen. I believe that, even though it wouldn't be 100% right, we should attempt to colonize other planets for our survival. I would like to see NASA discover other life that's not on Earth. I personally do not want to be an astronaut nor do I want to be one of the first people to live on Mars. I think that we will soon be seeing people attempting to colonize Mars in our lifetime.

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  11. I believe NASA is a really good use of taxpayer dollars because it will serve a purpose in the future of mankind in helping its survival. I would like for NASA to find alien life out there, achieve humanity's dream of maybe living on a more hospitable planet someday, or possibly colonizing Mars and making it hospitable for life. As much as I find space interesting, I don't think I'm up for the job of being an astronaut or going to Mars because there are so many good things on Earth and the standard of living would definitely be higher here, at least in the beginning. In my lifetime, I hope there will be a way for scientists to land a man on Mars and come up with a way to make it safe for future generations.

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  12. I agree that NASA indeed is putting the tax money to GOOD use, surprisingly they do not get enough to continue to explore and actually study out into the universe. It's funny how people argue that NASA shouldn't get funded by our tax dollars, or they take too much of the percentage, when in fact the discretionary spending of 2015 was about $1 trillion dollars and more than HALF of that was used towards the military. We're not in war ? Why spend so much ? What are we afraid of? We're already the worlds strongest military force... Science is approximately 10% of that same chart. Hence they do not get enough support. I personally have interned at NASA's co partner Northrop Grumman and help build a new telescope that they have been working for years. Northrop Grumman has developed a new space telescope called "The James Webb Telescope" which will help research and study new planets, look further out of the universe due to its new hardware and golden platted mirrors. This telescopes mission is to take a picture of where the theoretical location of the big bang occurred and would like to see what exactly happened 12 billion years ago... I would love to be an astronaut, I love space and how the universe works in terms of science. In my lifetime with this new telescope launching in 2018, I believe we will explore and learn so much that, science will soon be funded more tax dollars and citizens will finally realize that space is also important. We can find life on other planets or solar systems, Look into the past with the new technologies, maybe even learn how to colonize mars or answer some of our most controversial questions about life before us.

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