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Minor comment about the space race. Lost does an excellent job describing why the Soviet Lunar Program failed, but one thing he doesn't mention is that the Soviets kind of put the ball in the USA's court by not embracing the competitive nature of the space race early on. By not declaring an ultimatum before Kennedy's speeches to Congress and Rice, the Soviets effectively lost the initiative and allowed the Americans to set the terms of the subsequent space race, which they did to deliberately force the Soviets into a contest they were unlikely to win (i.e., a Moon mission requiring much more technical expertise where the Americans were ahead, as opposed to the Soviets whose strengths lie mostly in launch vehicle technology).

 

At least that's my understanding of it. Discuss.

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It's has more specific impulse, so you need less propelant to get the same delta-V. That means your spacecraft can be a lot smaller (most of the mass of spacecraft/launch vehicles is propellant).

 

Of course, since it's an ion engine, you can't use the most efficient trajectories (such as Hohmann transfers), which somewhat reduces the delta-V advantage. Also, you need a shitload of power for large ion engines, which means either all the solar panels or a reactor.

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How the fuck would it not be a Nazi weapon? It was a weapon developed and used by Nazis --> is Nazi weapon. They didn't even steal it from the Czechs like they did half their other shit.

 

Maybe people are confused that the Nazi's spent so much time and money devopling useless rockets (not harmless, but the cost-effective equivalent of bombing British towns with incediary recihmarks) that it HAD to be an Allied sabotage project

 

Kinda like how Ferdinad Porsche was a decorated Soviet Sabotuer

I mean, nothing says feeding your enemy healthy servings of bullshit like producing a 60 ton tank with 100mm of front turrent armor 

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NASA got $19.3 billion in funding for 2016; http://spacenews.com/nasa-receives-19-3-billion-in-final-2016-spending-bill/

$750 mil more than they requested.

 

SLS got a shitload more $ than requested.

 

Also $175 million for a Europa mission; to include lander!!!!!

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