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    I just thought I'd pose this question, because it seems that one of the things that drove many people into Careers as Scientists, has been taken away. What will our children and grandchildren have to inspire them to be more than a microbe on a rock? Just wondering what some of you good people thought. This question is by no means limited to the US, as it is relative to the entire planet. I have two exceptionally smart grandchildren, (probably every grandparent says that.) my grandson loves to be challenged both mentally and physically, where and what will those challenges come from. As I'm writing this, I am beginning to think the question is too vague to answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deaman49 View Post
    it is relative to the entire planet.
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    Good for you. Nice way to pose the question. I count only one world so far that are inhabited by humans.

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    Thanks Space Jockey. Interesting thought isn't it.

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    I think as long as there is reality TV, the mental challenge is diminishing.ha ha.
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    were all far to tied up in trivial matters such as charlie sheen and finding the next justin beiber for our country to worry about anything that matters. Its sad and disappointing to hear the number of people that think going to space is a waste of time and money, What happened to the dreamers and creative thinkers that built this great country, are schools focus on test skills and memorization and inhibit imagination and allowing students to learn and focus their attention on things that are important, meanwhile foreign countries are beating us where it counts and thats in specialization they realize not every student can be AVERAGE ''george bush" some people are born to lay brick and pick up trash nothing wrong with those professions their important but we need to contrate on pushing those with talents and abilities in math, or science, or even the fine arts. Are country believes in a well educate round citizen meaning we all should have the fundamentals of math, science, and reading down but we need to push for specialized programs that push students in the areas they excel in. I liked the recent article in astronomy magazine were there is a growing since in people that its okay not to understand or even bother learning science or math "because its hard" and that my friends is sad... its sad that the two subjects that could fundamentally unite our world and other worlds is looked upon as unimportant "because its hard" anyways thats my rant.....
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    It's true, the Dumbing Down of America has created its own Black Hole of ignorance. It seems that the majority of our Teachers either can't teach or won't try. I fully realize they have terrible disciplinary problems to deal with, and when children don't want to learn, they won't. I see my grandkids with their incredible thirst for learning, (they have had some wonderful teachers so far.) but fear that the lethargy in our broken Educational System will destroy their quest for knowledge. We all know that we have to be challenged and have goals to accomplish anything in life. It seems our illustrious leaders want programmable Robots instead of Free Thinking and Creative individuals. Scary thought.

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    I'm optimistic for space access with the advent of the commercial space companies. For instace SpaceX showed you can cut costs by half per kilo for payloads. And interesting NASA study showed SpaceX development costs were perhaps an order of magnitude lower than traditional NASA financed spacecraft developed by the "Old Space" companies.
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    The space program is going to mars and then some moons with water. This will happen and both Bush & Obama have said Mars. Its a good thing low orbit is being given to the commercial programs. This is terrific! Should have been done years earlier but its happening. Nasa will be free to focus on the big challenge and thats the planets and a way to get there in a shot amount of time. Its our future.

    I agree there is a dumbing down of our country with reality TV and mindless entertainment. I wish I had an answer to the mindless who watch mindless tv.
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    Yeah, I kind of look at it that way sometimes. But try to look at it from a different perspective.
    Our technology is getting better and better. We are getting more and more efficient. Despite turmoil and war in the world, this may be the most peaceful the world has ever been. Human rights actually mean something now, in this century that we live in. Not so long ago, human rights weren't even a consideration.
    It is true, that with the technology and quick spread of information that it's easy to get distracted. But people are probably better educated now than they ever have been (though education could e better).
    There will always be people that won't want to mentally stimulate themselves any further than what an Xbox can do.
    I'm sure there will always be people around to pick up everyone else's intellectual slack. Some people like to learn and practically apply that knowledge for science.
    There's an intrinsic value. It's worth learning something just to learn it and understand it.
    I'm not so sure that will ever change too much.
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    (insert sarcasm) hehe, yeah, we're really taking the space program to new heights now, baby! YUP! Our NASA guys are SO brilliant, we actually went BACK to a CAPSULE DESIGN! YUP! That's GREAT, guys! Way to go NASA brainiacs!!!

    Way to come up with a NEW IDEA for space travel, guys!

    This is like aircraft designers going BACK to the Wright Brothers design for a new plane!
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