Space Shuttle Discovery, which had originally been meant to lift off yesterday, will now depart on its final flight tomorrow following last-minute repairs. Sign counting down to the final launch of Shuttle Discovery. Credit: NASA Last chance to see Space Transportation System mission 133 (STS-133, the official NASA name for …
.....cash needed for a citizen funded venture to keep this thing flying ? A la Vulcan......
Ill start with a pledge of a tenner.
RE: How much
Good idea, I'll pledge a tenner too.
Anyone know how to raise $449,999,980?
I've got some old PS/2 keyboards I could ebay, should get a couple of quid.
Count me in.
$50 a month - per shuttle - to keep 'em going. Gods help me, if a privately funded space program is the only way, I'd do my part. I don't want to see our future slip away. Nor do I believe these beautiful ladies deserve such an ignoble fate as to be retired without replacement.
Fair winds, Discovery. May your final journey see you safely home to rest. I'll drink a pint in your honour tonight.
@It wasnt me
Well that depends...
Various numbers have been touted for a launch. IIRC it's somewhere between $50-150M.
But its the *standing* army that's the trouble.
c6000 people @ c$125k/PA (including all support costs). That's c$750-800m/PA
And of course you'll need to retain the *infrastructure* which was due to be switched to Ares/Orion.
I think the ball park number is $1Bn/PA.
You'll need to organize a bit of a whip round.
Perhaps a sponsored event?
has flown almost three times the distance between Earth and the Sun.
Going for half an orbital radius then?
This makes me sad.
Sad to see the future slip away
I watched man walk on the moon in 1969.
I thought by now we would have done more, much more.
Alas, it was not to be.
By the time we get to the stars...
> the first African-American to perform a spacewalk
We can lift 10 tons into orbit still can't seem to lift ourselves above this kind of crude labelling. :-(
I always wondered...
I always wondered why there's no such category as "European American"....
it gets broken down but only from certain countries like Ireland and Italy. otherwise you are "white" unless of course you aren't.
in the light of more recent space endeavours, it's good to see that the Playmonaut has taken over, Discovery can rest in peace.
time to worry?
If the mice are leaving, does that mean the Vogons will arrive soon?
Life should imitate art
It's all so boring and pointless anyway. They should send someone like Homer Simpson into orbit to rekindle interest in this boring and pointless activity.
Good luck old friend.
Last chance to test permanent waterproofing
But I guess it's a bit late in the day for that.
What about some Playmonauts?????
I sense an incoming lawsuit!
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