Friday, April 25, 2008

I'm surprised Russia does as well as it does

There were some complications recently with the Soyuz capsule which returned the International Space Station crew to Earth. The capsule made a steeper-than-normal descent and missed its target landing zone by 260 miles, and though some systems were damaged, the passengers are fine. I've always heard before that though the Russians seemed to compete with the US on the space race, they were never able to develop the precision technology that would be required to land a man on the Moon. I don't know if I believe that, but 260 miles does seem like a pretty big error.

However, I think what is more remarkable is the annual budget of the Russian Federal Space Agency, and their remarkable accomplishments with basically no funding. The annual budget of NASA is around $16 billion, with around $500 million spent on each shuttle launch. Compare that to the annual budget of the Russian space agency, which is around $900 million. With those kind of numbers, I am amazed that Russia is the space force it is.

Additionally, it makes a bit more sense why Russia would allow space tourists to pay $20 million for a ride up to the space station. With one passenger, they can increase their budget by 2%. You think NASA would let someone come along for the ride for an extra 2%, or $300 million? I hope they would.

3 comments:

Thủ thuật smartphone said...

http://phuongphaptangchieucao.net/
http://cachphattrienchieucao.com
http://biquyettangchieucao.info
http://phuongphaptangchieucao.org
http://baitaptangchieucao.xyz/
http://www.tapchitonghop.com/
http://www.wooddoors.info/

eileenadabney said...

Casino Bonus Codes 2021 - Wooricasinos.info
Check out our 인천 휴게텔 Casino Bonus Codes and learn about bonus codes 슬롯 사이트 and how to claim them. We'll be happy 윈윈벳먹튀 to hear that you know how to sign up 메이플슬롯강화 for a new 시스템 배팅 casino.

85zr5ngdb5 said...

New Jersey long advocated for legalized sports gambling and was liable for the case that led to the federal reversal from the Supreme Court. As such, they wasted no time in legalizing sports gambling after the decision, opening the state's first sportsbooks on June 14, 2018. Atlantic City and the MetLife Stadium, amongst other locations, now supply legalized sports wagering. New Hampshire joined the listing of states with legalized sports betting on the second day of 2020. The state agreed to a six-year contract with DraftKings, so cell sportsbooks 온라인카지노 could be utilized throughout the state. With over 6000 real cash casino video games, a great deal of|quite a lot of|a substantial amount of} casino software program providers are naturally enlisted on this website.