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We have mail in ballots in my state.  I just voted.  I hope you will too.

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Jay, I'm glad to hear you support the space program and that is neat that you worked on a component of the Mars Phoenix.  I never believed if you took the money that went into the space race it would have been used to alleviate poverty - it was just a popular thing to say in that era.


I checked Wikipedia and found some interesting technologies that are considered space program spinoffs.  Interestingly enough at the bottom they say Tang is one of the ones that has been mistakenly attributed as a NASA spin-off technology.  I was also surprised to see MRI's beside Tang on that list.  Still, the spin-off list is quite impressive. 

The U.S.A did not send a man to the moon because they would see related beneficial technological breakthroughs.  It was at war with an ideology that had a temporary lead in sending man into space.

NASA spin-off technologies

If the Soviets hadn't put a man into space, teaching evolution in our schools might still be illegal.

I'm not kidding, America began spending on science and math education.

BTW, the money did alleviate poverty. I worked in the Apollo program and some of the money alleviated my poverty.

[I am sorry if my replies don't thread properly. Even when I attempt to reply to a post, it comes out in the main thread]

"The U.S.A did not send a man to the moon because they would see related beneficial technological breakthroughs. "

This is true and this is partly why it worked. Trying to justify it through spinoffs starts us in the wrong direction (and I would argue that pretty much all of those spinoffs would have come about as quickly out of the military or commercial arena anyhow.) Once the justification is framed in spinoffs it becomes captive to ongoing challenges and continuous re-justifications.

I will be voting on the 6th. I hate living in a red state. I feel as like I'm wasting my vote on who will be president. Really crossing my fingers for Obama. Four More Years! =)

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