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Singer Reportedly Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat

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  • Re:More important... (Score:4, Informative)

    by slackware 3.6 (2524328) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @07:36PM (#41544347) []
    It would seem she can't afford to go to space.
  • Re:More important... (Score:4, Informative)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @11:04PM (#41545459)

    Maybe NASA should have planned ahead to make sure they'd have a launch vehicle to reach their expensive ISS?

    that's ridiculous. if the US is contributing almost 2x the cash of all the others together it should buy them something. if they're going to be denied seats over a few million, screw the ISS ... we might as well build our own space station.

    and also screw sarah brightman.

    If it's true that NASA is missing out on a seat that they need over a few million dollars, they should just pay the few million dollars. A space shuttle launch cost $450M ($1.5B if you count the cost of the shuttles themselves). Assuming a 7 person crew, that's $64M/person. But since a typical ISS crew rotation flight only carried 3 ISS crew members, it's closer to $150M per person to get someone to the ISS (granted, there were other mission specialists and equipment/experiments on the flight). So if you look at the per-person cost of sending astronauts on the space shuttle versus Soyuz, NASA is saving money even at $50M/person.

    we might as well build our own space station

    If it's true that it cost $175B to build the ISS in the first place where do you think NASA is going to come up with another $175B to build their own? That's almost 10 years of 100% of NASA's current budget. And NASA still has no proven heavy lift capability to launch components into space.

    Is spending the next decades NASA budget on a low earth orbit space station really a good use of their money? I'd rather see more exploration farther from the planet.

  • Re:Music Video (Score:5, Informative)

    by Aryeh Goretsky (129230) on Wednesday October 03, 2012 @11:05PM (#41545463) Homepage

    Relevant: Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip - I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper []

    Warning: Extremely cheesy.


    Aryeh Goretsky
  • by kellymcdonald78 (2654789) on Thursday October 04, 2012 @12:29AM (#41545759)
    That's OK, the Soyuz capsules dock on the Russian side of ISS (which is also the side with most of the command and control capability) Think of ISS as the self contained Mir 2 with US, European and Japanese modules attached. The Russian side is fully capable of operating without the other components, the US side not so much (as congress cut several key US modules)
  • by DerekLyons (302214) <fairwater@g[ ] ['mai' in gap]> on Thursday October 04, 2012 @08:26AM (#41547615) Homepage

    Again, a bad summary... Sarah Brightman didn't "outbid" NASA, as they weren't in competition for the same seat. Nor did she "bump" a NASA astronaut from a bought-and-paid-for seat. She paid for a spare seat more than NASA does for it's scheduled seat, in the same way that someone who buys a ticket at the last minute pays more than someone who bought a ticket three months in advance.
    So no, this is no indication that there are bidding wars on the horizon. Just more bad journalism and more bad summaries.

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