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REALSPACE: Neil Armstrong is not a fan of President Obama

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Neil Armstrong is, as anyone educated outside of the United States knows, the first man on the moon. For some bizarre reason, most Americans appear to have conflated an old OJ Simpson movie with actual fact, and believe that Neil never actually left a Hollywood Basement, but, hey, there's 50 years of crappy educational policy for you. Fortunately, people in other countries tend to remember important stuff for us these days, since we can't be bothered.

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REALSPACE: China has their own space station. In other news, we can't put a man in space anymore, so we can't get to ours.

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I find it galling that we've gone from being the number one spacefaring power in the world, to the number three spot behind China. (Thanks, Mr. President, sir! Way to continue befuddling our allies and enemies alike by doing self-destructive things! Good luck on that second term, sir!) Unlike many people, though, I'm not paranoid about the Chinese in space.

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REALSPACE: What's next for the X-37 Space Plane?

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Though the US no longer has a manned space program (Thank you very much, Mr. Anti-science president), we've still got some unmanned programs. Of course the NASA end of that is kinda' sucking fumes as the Obama administration's plans to turn the agency into a theme park continue apace.

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REALSPACE EMERGENCY: Congress may have given up on space, but *YOU* can help save the James Webb Telescope

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“I honestly think the wheels are coming off our picture of the way the
universe works at the moment. We don't know what 96% of the universe
is made of – that tells us that we don't understand something
fundamental.”

--Professor Brian Cox

Last time, we talked about the human space flight program. Now we
need to discuss a much more serious issue. Please click through to read about it, unlike most of the stuff we do on Republibot, it's actually important.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Back to the Moon” by Travis S. Taylor and Less Johnson (2010)

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I was in the mood for a potboiler the other day. Nothing fancy, mind you, nothing artsy or far-reaching, just a fun little read. The cover of this book fairly screamed out that it was exactly what I was looking for. Or so I thought, but I’ve been wrong before, and I’ll be wrong again…

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REALSPACE: Obama and the Attempt to Destroy NASA

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Boys and girls, are you sitting comfortably? Good.

Once upon a time, there was a government agency tasked with a great
undertaking, landing a man on the moon, and returning him safely to
the Earth. This great undertaking was successful. The government agency, NASA, which headed up that rare endeavour, a successful
government program, was rewarded by Congress and the President, with an attempt to destroy it. That attempt, unlike the program, was
almost successful.

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Why Do Liars Lie? And Why Do They Get Annoyed When We Don't Immediately Believe Them?

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Back in December, NASA reported "Discovering" a Non-Carbon-based life form. This quickly turned out to be a deliberate misrepresentation: NASA *Engineered* the life form, they didn't find it. NASA then couldn't understand why the public lost interest, rolled over, and went back to sleep. This, of course, resulted in a great deal of annoyance on the part of NASA and the biological sciences: Why aren't we excited? Why are we so stupid? Obviously, it must be our fault.

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"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it..."

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This is the biggest biological news since the discovery of DNA: NASA has actually really honest-and-for-true discovered a non-carbon based life form!

It's terrestrial, not alien, and was discovered in a lake in California. It's based not on Carbon, nor on everyone's favorite SF trope, Silicon, but rather it's based on - are you ready for this? - Arsenic!

I don't have too much else to say about it at this time, I'm still struggling to wrap my brain around it.

News Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/science/03arsenic.html?src=me

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THIS USED TO BE THE FUTURE: Mars, 1960s-style

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I've kind of had it with Mars, and I've totally had it with NASA. I was two when we landed on the Moon, five when we abandoned it, and I was *supposed* to be fourteen when we landed on Mars. They promised.

In fact, they were lying: the 1970 Mars plan (Spearheaded by Spiro Agnew, and very feasible) was DOA as soon as it hit the press. For whatever reason, just six months after Armstrong and Aldrin, public opinion had switched to "Let's fix all the problems on earth, and then go into space in a century or three," mode.

Stupid hippies.

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