The Future of NASA and WeWantOurFuture.org – 3.04

Rather than Space News we have Space Rumors: what will the future of NASA be under the Obama adminstration?

Speaking of the future, Brad Cheetham of WeWantOurFuture.org is on to discuss this project and how getting our youth interested in science and space can help NASA today.

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33 Comments

  • crimsoncoin says:

    will Nasa ever moon(land) us again lol

  • BlackKingX says:

    We need to send self-replicating robots to the lunar surface.

  • tiggerdt987 says:

    Happy b-Day Ben!
    This was my 1st live stream on this show!

  • chaos6575 says:

    If the US doesn’t have a heavy lift, we will see decline in what we can do. The past 30 years have been wasted compared to what we could have done.

  • lnwolf41 says:

    Why doesn’t NASA lease out its production systems to private companies.

  • mac8king says:

    Have someone watched the BBC documentary: Space Race? its awsome :)

  • Hanzi89 says:

    War.. War never changes..

  • Drsharky43 says:

    Happy B-Day Ben, I really like your show. I tried to send you some close up picture of Mars Rover from March 2009, At NASA-Johnson Space Center – Houston, Texas it was by chance that they were test driving it in parking lot at that time. I will try again.

  • using tax payers money to make private space companies profit is never a good thing.

  • U5K0 says:

    I was born 30.01 too.

    I think that if NASA does go for DIRECT it will go a long way toward delivering sustainability. The economic chrisys won’t last forever and when it ends, DIRECT will enable much more activity than contellation would have. Let’s face it, Ares I has been a ‘dead man walking’ for a long time and if you’re going to make a Shuttle derived system you might as well make it a real successor and not a bastard chield. (sorry about the language)

    Spacevidcast rocks :D

  • rockethacker says:

    In your intro, you should replace the CGI moon landing footage with CGI SpaceX footage (-:

  • joachim2464 says:

    great, but i want to see the chat room!

  • Brad says:

    Thank you Ben and Cariann for the invite. Anyone interested in helping to shape the future can find out more and contribute at http://www.WeWantOurFuture.org

  • KuronPK says:

    Happy Birthday, Ben.

  • ralpher05 says:

    @Buttmunch5000 Rebuttle! New Space companies are not like the old. New Space companies hold their own assets. Helping them develop is a good long term idea, so manned commercial space becomes and established market.

  • ralpher05 says:

    More international effort is a plus for the whole planet.

    An established commercial manned space market is good for the global economy.

  • ralpher05 says:

    Why go to space? To explore the solar system, and to colonize beyond Earth to secure the species.

  • U5K0 says:

    all too true

    aome day, in spite of our best efforts, Earth may suffer a fait similar to that of Haiti. The world has rallied to help the unfortunate people there. Who will help a planet in destress if we don’t have a large existing extra-terrestrial infrastructure in place?

    A strong human space programme is A MATTER OF SURVIVAL ! ! !

  • U5K0 says:

    (just saw 2012 so I may be overly passionate in that statement)

  • snoopyloopy says:

    @Buttmunch5000 we wish, but as it is, many government projects and programs just provide profit for private companies. (e.g. federal subsidizing of cobra for ppl who lost jobs instead of qualifying them for medicare)

  • snoopyloopy says:

    i have to agree on the favorite orbiter question too. idk why i like endeavor, but i do. buran also looked interesting, too bad ussr never got it off the ground very much.

  • nilbud says:

    Well technically the reason for having multiple habitation sites is fault tolerance rather than self repair.

  • VendettasD says:

    This video should have been submitted for Obama to see. To give him an indication there is a sizable portion of the public who cares about the future of the space program.

  • 48Donbray says:

    So, they can’t “afford it”….Nasa did it 40 years ago, but can’t now? Technology is much better now, and technology costs more money…so maybe they should try to dumb down the technology- a mix between Apollo and new technology to make affordable. This is just ludicris- Can’t afford it…ha. Yes, I’m sure it’s Billions of dollars…but what is money compared to our species surviving past the life of our planet. If we aren’t going back soon, they should still set a date/destination

  • 48Donbray says:

    I also believe that Obama is more focused on the jobs aspect of the new budget. His biggest claim to these new plans are ALL THE JOBS THAT WILL BE CREATED…which is what he’s been about since campaining for office. He’s being short sighted for the purpose of the next 3 years of his agenda, and is sacraficing years and years and billions of dollars for his 3 years. I’m sure he wants to be the Pres that changed America- at the expense of long term human space exploration…. Thats too bad.

  • How can you possibly say that privatizing space could possibly be a GOOD thing?!

    Just because America’s space budget is going bankrupt doesn’t mean we should turn it over to an unregulated space commercial market as a last resort. We’re simply not ready to do so yet. Our space ethics in the private industry right now is zilch and a commercialized space now will likely mirror the greed, absence of morality and ethical behavior that is now so common in our business community and society today.

  • hootyhaha says:

    NASA employees told me that they would either have to get corporate sponsors, or start hitching a ride with RUSSIA. Ironic. We beat them in the Space Race, now NASA will have to start mooching a ride with Russia unless corporates start sponsoring them. TV networks give millions away each week on their game shows. I hope they turn their millions to NASA.

  • John Needham says:

    About the goal of inhabiting other worlds-

    It isn’t so much of a question that we will go, of course we will. Almost all the current research, especially telescopic, is geared towards finding another inhabital world. Not necessarily to find intelligent life, they may be impossible to communicate with, or outright dangerous.
    The question is- WHO will go? I believe any plan that does not include ALL of humanity would fail miserably. Folks just aren’t going to give a homey wave and “Bye!” to those leaving them behind to die!
    Remember Vernor Vinge’s book “Marooned in Realtime” (sequel to “The Peace Wars”)? Just read them, all of his work is excellent, and offers unique insights into just such delimas.
    Please forgive any spelling errors, John N.

  • Russia beat the US at every thing in the space race but the moon landing, thay where first to space, first man in space, first animal in space, first pobe to anothere planet (venus) first probe on mars, first photos from moon venus and mars, first rover on moon, first space station, first 3 man crew, first space walk, ECT so we did not win the space race, we won the moon shot, russia still has the safest space craft.

  • Thank you Barack Obama, for beginning to cut NASA. Im sure that “global warming” is a better cause anyways, huh. Besides, only about 8,000 jobs have been lost thus far.

  • kenhes says:

    Yeah, because Barack just loves loves loves to cut jobs. It’ll really help his chances in the next election.

  • KaiYves says:

    Mr. Cheetam, as a high school student, I personally want to thank you for your program. The only place I’ve gotten to routinely interract with people my age who have an interest in space exploration was at Space Academy, and that was only for one week out of the year.

    It’s such a relief to see someone reaching out to children who are interested in space advocacy.

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