OT: Voyager watts

From: TeoZ <teoz_at_neo.rr.com>
Date: Mon May 12 14:38:00 2003

NASA used to have all the money they ever wanted, untill people got bored
with space and other sections of the government got the extra money.

It looks to me like NASA has too many projects it funnels limited amounts of
money into, and the management places more concern on meeting deadlines then
safety. Ignoring danger warnings from designers on o-ring seals, not
spending the money to check the last shuttle in space for damage via spy
satelite pictures.

To be honest the manned missions to the moon didnt really help us out much
(except to force us to make the technology to get there). We would learn
more, and probably find a payback from exploring the deep oceans (maybe even
mining them) then having somebody land on mars and then hop back on the
spaceship to earch with a few rocks (a probe is better suited for this).

----- Original Message -----
From: "chris" <cb_at_mythtech.net>
To: "Classic Computer" <cctalk_at_classiccmp.org>
Sent: Monday, May 12, 2003 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: OT: Voyager watts

> >Plutonium is an extremely toxic metal. 1 microgram will kill you damn
> >quick.
> >Plus it's readily absorbed by tissue, which means everywhere you have a
> >speck, you're irradiating tissue with ionizing radiation in a few
> >radius. Not good for a long term outlook.
> Ok, that answered the other question I just posed, that is, how dangerous
> is it.
> Sounds like its some pretty nasty stuff so an explosion WOULD be of
> actual concern.
> > Incidently, the tree huggers worries on this matter are not completely
> >unfounded. Because of launch weight issues, the shielding material is
> >really designed to survive reentry.
> And add to it like Dwight said, NASA's track record for screwing things
> up... and yeah, I guess there was a good cause for concern. I could see
> it being less of an issue in the past when NASA spent tons and tons of
> money on a single probe, but these days, when they seem hell bent on
> getting the cost under that of a VW Bug, I would expect more accidents to
> occur.
> -chris
> <http://www.mythtech.net>
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