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NASA: Space station may be evacuated by late Nov.
AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 29 August 2011 | Marcia Dunn

Posted on 08/29/2011 9:27:48 AM PDT by magellan

NASA says astronauts may need to abandon the International Space Station this fall.

If Russian Soyuz rockets remain grounded beyond mid-November, there will be no way to launch new crews before the current residents are supposed to leave.

A Russian supply ship was destroyed during liftoff last week. The rocket is similar to what's used to launch astronauts.

NASA space station program manager Mike Suffredini said Monday that flight controllers could keep a deserted space station operating indefinitely.

(Excerpt) Read more at old.news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nasa; obama; spaceshuttle
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Unbelievable. This is what happens when you shut down the Space Shuttle program, cancel the Orion/Ares crew vehicle, and put all of your eggs into the Russian Soyuz basket.

Fire Charles Bolden now!

1 posted on 08/29/2011 9:27:54 AM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

Exactly.

Thanks, Zero.


2 posted on 08/29/2011 9:29:28 AM PDT by roaddog727 (It's the Constitution, Stupid!)
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To: magellan
>>>>>Fire Charles Bolden now!

Just fire Obama.

3 posted on 08/29/2011 9:31:00 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: magellan

Can’t we sell it to the Chinese or something? Recoup some of the billions?


4 posted on 08/29/2011 9:31:32 AM PDT by neodad
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To: magellan
Hmmmm, sounds like more meat for the conspiracy theorists...
5 posted on 08/29/2011 9:32:15 AM PDT by Errant
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To: KevinDavis

ping...


6 posted on 08/29/2011 9:32:21 AM PDT by neodad
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To: magellan

Real smart. All those years building the thing, billions spent, lives lost, and now they’re going to abandon it? Really, really smart planning there, geniuses.


7 posted on 08/29/2011 9:32:44 AM PDT by chimera
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To: magellan

NASA used to be bold and innovative, now its just another politicized government agency. If this proves to be accurate they should halt the moth-balling now if for no other reason other than to have a method of getting the residents of ISS safely home.


8 posted on 08/29/2011 9:33:27 AM PDT by Spaghetti Man (NOBAMA)
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9 posted on 08/29/2011 9:34:27 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Reagan Man

Amen. These decisions are his.


10 posted on 08/29/2011 9:34:39 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: neodad
Can’t we sell it to the Chinese or something? Recoup some of the billions?

We don't own all of it. But I actually wouldn't be adverse to selling our interest to China. The ISS is a dead end in space and if we can get any of our money back out of the project I would take it. We can't get there so there is no advantage to keeping it. So we may as well get anything back that we can.
11 posted on 08/29/2011 9:34:39 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: Spaghetti Man

But at least NASA has a great new mission of Muslim Outreach (thanks to Barack HUSSEIN Obama)


12 posted on 08/29/2011 9:35:24 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: magellan

So how do they get down? Jump? If the rockets are grounded. Do they have a craft docked to the station they can come home in?


13 posted on 08/29/2011 9:35:30 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: magellan
The shuttle was planned for shut down during the Bush administration. And the Orion/Aries manned missions were, at best, 5 years away. More likely 8 to 10 years given NASA's track record. So what was Bolden supposed to do about it?

We're at the point now where private industry should be picking up the slack in the space program. They can do the job quicker and more cost effectively than NASA can. Government should limit itself to doing whatever it can to encourage private industry.

14 posted on 08/29/2011 9:39:25 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: magellan

Gee, that didn’t take long.


15 posted on 08/29/2011 9:41:22 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: magellan

There’s plenty of blame to shove . . .

anyway . . .

However . . . I don’t for a microsecond

believe that things are as the MSM are painting them.

Lots of things are not as they seem.

The critical issues probably have NOTHING to do with what’s ascribed as the causes.


16 posted on 08/29/2011 9:41:31 AM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: magellan
Didn't Obama promote himself as the "science" presidential candidate?

FAIL

17 posted on 08/29/2011 9:43:56 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: SoJoCo

Don’t you mean what was Obama supposed to do about it? That’s who you’re actually defending here, correct?


18 posted on 08/29/2011 9:44:05 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Quix

“There are thirty-two ways to write a story, and I’ve used every one, but there is only one plot — things are not as they seem.” — Jim Thompson


19 posted on 08/29/2011 9:45:46 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: SolidRedState

They have a Soyuz capsule at the ISS as an emergency lifeboat.


20 posted on 08/29/2011 9:46:18 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

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21 posted on 08/29/2011 9:47:28 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: John W
Don’t you mean what was Obama supposed to do about it?

If I was President, I would have pulled the plug on the shuttle too. As Obama did, and as McCain would have done.

22 posted on 08/29/2011 9:48:26 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (Nothing will cure the economy but debt deleveraging, deregulation, and time.)
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To: magellan

Maybe space aliens will feed them.


23 posted on 08/29/2011 9:48:57 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: Notary Sojac
If I were president, I'd sell land on the moon to any American company that could get there within 25 years.

Technically, I believe such sales would be against international law. But I'd sell the land just the same.

24 posted on 08/29/2011 9:50:36 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: magellan
Unbelievable. This is what happens when you shut down the Space Shuttle program, cancel the Orion/Ares crew vehicle, and put all of your eggs into the Russian Soyuz basket.

Ares/Orion would have done nothing to prevent this. It was years behind schedule and billions over budget. The only way out in the near term is commercial crew.

25 posted on 08/29/2011 9:51:40 AM PDT by NonZeroSum
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To: magellan

Thats OK.

I’ve stored a pair of Saturn V’s in my backyard, biding time until the America-hating Communists are out of office.

Just let me know America, when you want to return to your innovation-driven, can-do, courageous roots.....


26 posted on 08/29/2011 9:53:40 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: SolidRedState
Do they have a craft docked to the station they can come home in?

There are two Soyuz capsules docked to the station, they serve as lifeboats for emergencies, and will be used to bring crew back. No one is stranded, but they can't get new crew up until the resolve the issue with the Russian launcher.

27 posted on 08/29/2011 9:54:12 AM PDT by NonZeroSum
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To: magellan

That would sure be better than NASA scientists sitting around writing papers on how space aliens are going to destroy the people on this planet in order to stop globull warming!!

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/nasa-space-aliens-may-attack-earth-to-save-planet-from-global-warming/

(eye roll)


28 posted on 08/29/2011 9:55:12 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: magellan

Yep! Things are now going as planned: REGULATE , CONTROL , AND DESTROY.

I believe Professor You Lie promised “Change” is going along on schedule. He really is an effective leader.

Yep, the pied piper of the debtocrats, counter-culture folks and the Liberal Intelligentsia Elite ( L.I.E. ) promised “ Change “ and change is upon us now!


29 posted on 08/29/2011 9:55:14 AM PDT by Graewoulf ( obamatrauma"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoJoCo
"Over the last several months, SpaceX has been hard at work preparing for our next flight — a mission designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS). NASA has given us a Nov. 30, 2011 launch date, which should be followed nine days later by Dragon berthing at the ISS."

SpaceX

30 posted on 08/29/2011 9:57:53 AM PDT by PogySailor (The ruling class will not go down easily. And neither will their paid hacks.)
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To: Notary Sojac

The plug was pulled before Obama became president and I don’t believe plugging it back in was an option. But, he might have shown just a bit more, not sure what the word is, something some presidents had before they just became run of the mill check dispensers to the worst among us.


31 posted on 08/29/2011 9:59:05 AM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: NonZeroSum

Thanks.


32 posted on 08/29/2011 10:05:11 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: chimera
, lives lost,

No lives were lost constructing the ISS.

33 posted on 08/29/2011 10:06:38 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: SolidRedState

“So how do they get down?”

According to Wiki..

As of 23 August 2011, there are 3 spacecrafts docked with the ISS.
Russia Soyuz TMA-21 Expedition 27/28
Russia Progress M-10M Progress 42 Cargo
Russia Soyuz TMA-02M Expedition 28/29


34 posted on 08/29/2011 10:15:22 AM PDT by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: magellan

I could have predicted this without a rubber chicken.

With America out of the game, the rest of the world chickens out. American Exceptionalism fuels the world’s confidence. Because when your @ss is in the sling, you expect the Americans to come-a-runnin’.

And we always do. It’s who we are. Just ask the Chilean miners.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 10:17:28 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: buccaneer81

Not arguing, but what about Challenger/Columbia.

I think people are mixing up shuttle with ISS.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 10:19:09 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (George Lopez is the black hole of funny. Nothing funny can escape his suck.)
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To: magellan

Hmmm...salvage opportunity?


37 posted on 08/29/2011 10:22:13 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Vermont Lt
Not arguing, but what about Challenger/Columbia. I think people are mixing up shuttle with ISS.

I agree, they are mixing them up. Kinda sad.

Challenger was lost before one piece of the ISS was launched.

Columbia, because if its weight was never able to reach the ISS.

38 posted on 08/29/2011 10:23:03 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: 5thGenTexan
They have a Soyuz capsule at the ISS as an emergency lifeboat.
It is my understanding that the Soyuz capsules have an effective life of 6 months, so they must "rotate" the capsules at least that often.
39 posted on 08/29/2011 10:46:30 AM PDT by Johnny B.
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To: magellan

Back to Jurrasic park. Can’t wait until we discover fire and the wheel


40 posted on 08/29/2011 11:09:37 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: John W
Don’t you mean what was Obama supposed to do about it? That’s who you’re actually defending here, correct?

I'm not defending anyone. Obama, McCain, Bush, Perry, Palin, put whoever you want in the Oval Office right now. What could they do about it? Are you saying that a President McCain or a President Perry could shave 5 to 10 years off of Aries and have it flying tomorrow and at the space station next week?

41 posted on 08/29/2011 11:15:08 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: PogySailor
SpaceX

Regardless of who is president, wouldn't this be a better solution than the Aries/Orion pipe dream? I can't believe that private industry can't do it faster, better, cheaper than the NASA monstrosity.

42 posted on 08/29/2011 11:18:20 AM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: neodad

We could probably drop in a Chinese junkyard and wait for the check.


43 posted on 08/29/2011 11:20:47 AM PDT by mcshot (Hey we're turning upside down compliments of career politicians.)
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To: magellan
It's a hunk of crap. It's always been a useless boondoggle.
44 posted on 08/29/2011 11:27:18 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: neodad

Short sale.


45 posted on 08/29/2011 11:34:50 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: 5thGenTexan

Ballistic reentry, courtesy Russian technology. Great.


46 posted on 08/29/2011 11:39:21 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: EyeGuy

The Saturn V is the greatest piece of engineering ever. The Saturn V rules.


47 posted on 08/29/2011 11:41:15 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Hey! Are you the guy that sold me that bridge in Brooklyn?


48 posted on 08/29/2011 11:42:12 AM PDT by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: youngidiot

You certainly live up to your screen name.


49 posted on 08/29/2011 11:42:25 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: buccaneer81
You certainly live up to your screen name.

That was clever. Care to tell us what good it has been?
50 posted on 08/29/2011 11:54:13 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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