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  1. #1 Russian Space Ship Blows Up 
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    No big deal. It wasn't manned.

    But you wait until one of our astronauts gets caught up in a Roosky Foopah. You ain't seen back tracking the way Obama's going to have to do it!

    Meanwhile:
    "Hey Guys, bad news.......
    The supply ship carrying our oxygen is delayed. They didn't say why........................."

    (Jeez, I was kinda hoping that oxygen would get here.....)

    An unmanned Russian supply ship bound for the International Space Station failed to reach its planned orbit Wednesday, and pieces of it fell in Siberia amid a thunderous explosion, officials said.

    A brief statement from Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, did not specify whether the Progress supply ship that was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan had been lost. But the state news agency RIA Novosti quoted Alexander Borisov, head of a the Choisky region in Russia's Altai province, as saying pieces of the craft fell in his area some 1,500 kilometers (900 miles) northeast of the launch site.

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    "The explosion was so strong that for 100 kilometers (60 miles) glass almost flew out of the windows," he was quoted as saying. Borisov said there were no immediate reports of casualties.

    The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted Choisky's Interior Ministry as saying the space ship crashed in a vast Siberian forest that contains small villages. Yuri Shmyrin, the chief of Karakoksha, one of those villages, told Interfax news agency that the search operation for the wreckage is not likely to start until Thursday morning.

    The Russian Emergencies Ministry could not be reached for comment. A Roscosmos media officer who refused to be identified said the agency had no immediate comment.

    Roscosmos said the third stage of the rocket firing the ship into space failed a few minutes into the launch. The ship was carrying more than 2.5 tons of supplies, including oxygen, food and fuel. Since the ending of the U.S. space shuttle program this summer, Russian spaceships are a main supply link to the space station. It was the 44th Progress to launch to the International Space Station.

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    But you wait until one of our astronauts gets caught up in a Roosky Foopah.
    What was the name of the father of astronautics and space travel?

    Oh yes.

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

    I would not be so quick to sneer at Russian space technology, as I recall, the US had its share of FUBAR's that never got off the launch pad. They put the first man in space, first woman in space, first dog in space, first satellite.

    As of now, the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in space technology and research. Just stating facts.

    "Hey Guys, bad news.......The supply ship carrying our oxygen is delayed. They didn't say why
    It is an INTERNATIONAL space station, there are others besides Americans aboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonnabend View Post
    What was the name of the father of astronautics and space travel?

    Oh yes.

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky.

    I would not be so quick to sneer at Russian space technology, as I recall, the US had its share of FUBAR's that never got off the launch pad. They put the first man in space, first woman in space, first dog in space, first satellite.

    As of now, the US is lagging behind the rest of the world in space technology and research. Just stating facts.



    It is an INTERNATIONAL space station, there are others besides Americans aboard.
    Lagging? Obama took us completely out of it! Our astronauts are forced to depend 100% on other countries. :mad:
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    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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    Lagging? Obama took us completely out of it! Our astronauts are forced to depend 100% on other countries
    That can be remedied.
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    Follow up to the original article:

    Will International Space Station Be Abandoned?

    With the end of the storied space shuttle program, NASA is forced to rely on Russian spacecraft to operate the International Space Station. The recent crash of a Russian spaceship in the remote reaches of Siberia underscores the risk of that policy decision: A problem with Russia's fleet may force NASA to abandon the station as soon as November.

    "If we have to de-man the ISS, we certainly have a safe way to do that," Michael Suffredini, NASA's space station program manager, said in a press conference Monday. "We're focused on keeping the crew safe. Our next focus is on keeping the ISS manned."

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    But 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 joint board of the world’s space agencies can operate the orbiting science project indefinitely without astronauts on board, he said. "We prefer not to operate without crew on board for an extended period of time."

    "We'll try to prevent that if we can," he added.

    There are currently six astronauts aboard the ISS, in orbit 220 miles above the Earth: Americans Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan; Russians Andrei Borisenko, Alexander Samokuyayev and Sergei Volkov; and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan. The crew is not presently in any danger, and they'll be staying there just a bit longer.

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    I agree with moving past the space shuttle phase. Those ships were only useful for getting into orbit, docking with the ISS, and that is about it. It is time we figured out how to leave the comfort of our own orbit, or the orbit of the moon, and start figuring out how to get deeper into space. I think this is what NASA is going to be working on.

    Having shuttles to ferry astronauts to and from the ISS does not advance humanity anymore, and just burns up cash. Let the Ruskies worry about that. I'd rather have America's brightest minds tackling the next series of challenges that will undoubtably lead to new technologies and inventions.
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