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NASA warns 'risk of losing' space station rising
AFP, Google ^ | 8/30/11 | Jean-Louis Santini

Posted on 08/30/2011 7:47:13 PM PDT by Nachum

WASHINGTON — The risk of an unprecedented evacuation of the International Space Station will spike if Russian craft cannot resume their missions and return by November, a senior NASA official has warned.

"There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it's unmanned than if it were manned," Michael Suffredini, the ISS program manager for the US space agency, said in a conference call with Russian officials.

"The risk increase is not insignificant," he added.

Russia on Monday delayed its next manned mission to the ISS by at least a month after an unmanned cargo vessel crashed into Siberia instead of reaching orbit on August 24. The head of Russia's manned spaceflight programme also warned that a significantly longer delay would force the six people on board the station to abandon the orbiter due to fatigue and supply problems.

The station crew normally consists of six -- currently three Russians, two Americans and one Japanese -- working six-month rotations.

Staff safety and the "very big investment" that the Russian and US governments have made in the ISS would guide future decisions, Suffredini said during the call on Monday.

"We prefer not to operate in that condition without crew on board for an extended period of time just to make sure we end up in that situation.

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KEYWORDS: aerospace; enemywithin; iss; losing; marxistcoup; nasa; obamunism; risk; space; spaceshuttle; thedestroyers
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1 posted on 08/30/2011 7:47:23 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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2 posted on 08/30/2011 7:48:54 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum; KevinDavis

Just great. Not only dump the shuttle but cancel its replacement and pay the Russians to get us there.

That worked out great.


3 posted on 08/30/2011 7:49:21 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Nachum

I know it cost alot but is it really worth anything?


4 posted on 08/30/2011 7:49:45 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Nachum

Hopey Changey.

First it was the F-22.

Then the Shuttle. Now the space station.


5 posted on 08/30/2011 7:51:37 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Cut the Crap and Balance!" -- Governor Sarah Palin , Friday August 12 2011, Iowa State Fair)
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To: Nachum

does the science justify that enormous cost? Maybe those billions would be better spent on researching cure for cancer or something


6 posted on 08/30/2011 7:53:07 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Nachum

If they lose that station after the billions upon billions and blood sweat and tears to get it there - they are in deep, deep kimchie.


7 posted on 08/30/2011 7:53:58 PM PDT by edcoil (The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. -- Joe Paterno)
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To: Nachum
"There is a greater risk of losing the ISS when it's unmanned than if it were manned," Michael Suffredini, the ISS program manager for the US space agency, said in a conference call with Russian officials. "The risk increase is not insignificant," he added.

:: snort ::

No, it's not "insignificant."


8 posted on 08/30/2011 7:55:10 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: Nachum

They just said they could keep it going indefinitely without crew on board, now they say they may very well lose it without anybody on board? Is anybody able to make up their minds?


9 posted on 08/30/2011 7:57:40 PM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: Nachum

Man, it’s too bad we don’t have some sort of reusable spacecraft that could make regular trips to service the ISS. It could be made like a plane, and we’d launch it like a rocket and let it glide back to Earth. A “Space Plane” or, even better a “Space Shuttle”!! Wouldn’t that be cool! (Sarcasm is dripping, no tag required ;-)


10 posted on 08/30/2011 7:58:17 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (How free are you in America today?)
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To: Nachum
NASA warns of losing space station

Oh yeah, who's fault is that?

11 posted on 08/30/2011 8:00:47 PM PDT by conservativeimage.com (Barackoli gives you farts!)
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To: GizmosAndGadgets
Does this mean the NASA project to boost the self esteem of islamics is doomed to failure.......snicker.
12 posted on 08/30/2011 8:00:59 PM PDT by spokeshave (Obamas approval ratings are so low, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the USA.)
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To: Talisker

“Screw those commie bastards, and screw their wussy little space station.”


13 posted on 08/30/2011 8:01:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: GeronL

The shuttle program turned out to be nothing more than a very dangerous and extremely expensive and inefficient way to launch satellites. And the ISS? Totally useless to science and space exploration.


14 posted on 08/30/2011 8:01:54 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Yes)
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To: DManA
It gets old having to educate people.

ISS Experiment List

15 posted on 08/30/2011 8:02:16 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: edcoil

Great signature...


16 posted on 08/30/2011 8:03:01 PM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: Nachum

Would somebody pleas tell me what the ISS is good for?
Has its existence produced any worthwhile scientific knowledge?
Is there anything that has been discovered as a result of the ISS?
Can its continued existence be justified?.........


17 posted on 08/30/2011 8:03:29 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: 4rcane
Maybe those billions would be better spent on researching cure for cancer or something

What do you think they're doing up there? Getting a tan?

See post #15.

18 posted on 08/30/2011 8:04:16 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: spokeshave
Does this mean the NASA project to boost the self esteem of islamics is doomed to failure.......snicker.

Well, that's actually some good news for this fiasco. NASA is in no shape to boost anything, and certainly not Islamic esteem :-)

19 posted on 08/30/2011 8:04:52 PM PDT by GizmosAndGadgets (How free are you in America today?)
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To: Nachum

Hmmm....

20 posted on 08/30/2011 8:05:18 PM PDT by mrsmith
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