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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Applied-SiddhÄnta dept.

Popeidol writes:

"In November, India took the next step in their space program by launching their Mangalyaan Mars orbiter. The orbiter won't arrive for a while yet, but they've managed to get some public attention for a different reason: the fact that the entire mission costs only 75 million dollars, substantially less than the budget for the hit movie 'Gravity.'

While the question of wages is bound to come up (it was only 15% of the budget of the project), I think we can all agree that bringing down the cost of interplanetary space travel to a level attainable by the ultra-rich is a good step forward."

 
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  • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by FuckBeta on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:07PM

    by FuckBeta (1504) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:07PM (#1869) Homepage

    Maybe when they have rule of law and can bring rapists to justice, then they should consider space exploration.

    Until then, the government is not serving its people.

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  • (Score: 1) by sobers_2002 on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:16PM

    by sobers_2002 (1268) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:16PM (#1923)
    Yes, and US has been doing such a great job that it decided it need to take law into its own hands and take the lives of people in other countries? Or perhaps things weren't going so well back home with people being affected by the Halliburton-loophole? Oh and of course, how can you forget the NASA leaks from Snowden? What a damn good job is being done at serving its own people by the amazing US government! I could quote several other examples of patheric governance by US but that should not be the point of discussion. There will always be things to improve on all fronts of governance. Thinking that you should move to do something else only when you have finished taking care of one thing will only mean nothing gets done. Ever.
  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by etherscythe on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:38PM

    by etherscythe (937) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @09:38PM (#1942) Journal

    The only thing the more moderate folks in India can do is push the country forward in other ways, unless you're suggesting:

    a) vigilantism
    b) full-time campaigning on this issue which may not be resolved in our lifetimes

    So, if you want to bring the country up to respectability, maybe the answer is to inspire the younger generation with something they can aspire to rather than simply carrying forward the misogynistic traditions of their tribal community.

    By contrast, we have a gun violence problem in the US. Does this mean we shut down all medical research until the gang problem is fixed? It might be that legalizing marijuana will solve problems in both camps, but no, putting restrictions on a country's respectable programs is not the way to get leverage on its societal failings - quite to the contrary I think.

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