• Scientists to hold bake sale for NASA
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[quote](Space.com) Scientists are trading telescopes for aprons this week to sell Milky Way cupcakes, Saturn cake, and chocolate chip Opportunity cookies in an effort to salvage U.S. planetary science projects. The 2013 budget proposal submitted by the Obama administration earlier this year would cut funding for NASA's planetary science projects by about $300 million. While Congress is still deliberating over the federal budget, groups of scientists are planning a series of demonstrations -- in the form of bake sales, car washes and other events -- for Saturday (June 9) to plead their case. Though planet-studying spacecraft usually cost millions, or even billions, of dollars, every penny helps. That's the reasoning behind the Planetary Exploration Car Wash and Bake Sale to be held by University of Central Florida students and professors who hope to sway lawmakers into providing more money for studying the solar system. [b]It is one of nearly 20 planned demonstrations for Saturday at sites across the country, organizers said.[/b] "We're not asking for more of the pie, we're asking for less of a bite out of the pie," Laura Seward, a graduate student at the university who organized the event, said in a statement. "A strong robotic planetary exploration program is essential for a strong human planetary exploration program." Like many federal agencies, NASA is strapped for funding under the current fiscal conditions. [b]Just today (June 7) the space agency announced the cancelation of a new X-ray space telescope mission, the Gravity and Extreme Magnetism Small Explorer, because it is over-budget.[/b] The University of Central Florida's bake sale is part of an overall effort sponsored by the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., to fight against the proposed budget cuts. [b]"This is being done to attract media attention and to help focus Congress on repairing the damage of the deep cuts planned to NASA's planetary science program,"[/b] said Alan Stern, the institute's associate vice president for research and development. "It's important these cuts be repaired to maintain U.S. leadership in this area of science, to prevent mission cuts, and to prevent student and research job losses." [NASA's 10 Greatest Science Missions] Other organizations planning to participate in the demonstrations include the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. [b]"The nation risks the loss of a generation of upcoming, talented engineers and researchers whose careers are centered on the exploration of our solar system in the quest for life beyond Earth,"[/b] said astronomer Jill Tarter, the outgoing director of the Center for SETI Research. NASA has a number of ongoing planetary science missions, including the Cassini orbiter around Saturn, the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto, and the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, due to land on the Red Planet in August. The agency also has a number of missions under development, such as the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid sampling mission due to launch in 2016. Yet the number and scope of projects NASA will be able to undertake in the future could be seriously hampered by the proposed cuts, scientists say. For Central Florida residents: The planetary bake sale is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT Saturday at the Chevron adjacent to the University of Central Florida campus on 1640 E. McCulloch Road in Orlando.[/quote] [url]http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57449767/scientists-to-hold-bake-sale-for-nasa/[/url] I'd buy the fuck out of those cupcakes. I hope this spreads. If not just for the awareness of NASA's situation. (and who doesn't love bake sales??)
Going to need to sell a lot to get anything done
Yeah but why give money to NASA and secure our species survival when we could be giving money to help shoot dem der terrists instead!? :downs:
this is so crazy and funny that is has to work. I want to go to a nasa bake sale, imagine the crazy names and desserts they would have.
fuck that shit i've already got plenty of space-themed sweets [img]http://i.imgur.com/kx1ix.jpg[/img]
Is there any way to order some of their baked goods online? I'd love to support, but don't have the time/gas.
It's kinda sad that we've reached the point where NASA has to resort to bake sales to help fund themselves and raise awareness.
is there any way we could buy the baked goods online? I want to support this but I live nowhere near florida.
$300 Million? They have to bake [I]alooooottttttttttttt[/I] of cupcakes.
We just need to convince dem terrerests to start a science and space program, and then America will pump money into NASA so put more flags in space then dem terrists.
Shit, that's like 45 minutes from me, but I have work. :(
[quote]The 2013 budget proposal submitted by the Obama administration earlier this year would cut funding for NASA's planetary science projects by about $300 million. [/quote] Why the fuck are Democrats so fucking bad for NASA? [editline]9th June 2012[/editline] That's something that pisses me off because you would think Democrats would be pro-science, yet they constantly cut science from the budget.
the concept of a huge organization like NASA holding a bake sale is just inherently funny.
Oh god I felt so bad reading this article. Can't believe this would happen to NASA.
[QUOTE=yawmwen;36255914]Why the fuck are Democrats so fucking bad for NASA? [editline]9th June 2012[/editline] That's something that pisses me off because you would think Democrats would be pro-science, yet they constantly cut science from the budget.[/QUOTE] Right now [i]everyone[/i] in Congress is killing NASA, both parties equally. In their minds, it's a great place to slash funding to make themselves look good without causing much uproar.
Poor NASA, they really have gotten the short end of the stick for the last 10 or so years.
this is really fucking sad, not that they are doing it, but the fact that it needs to be done
Imagine sitting glued to the tv in 1969 when the first man puts his foot on moon and thinking "Damn, we got to the moon! It won't take long till we get to the mars! I wish I knew how far we will have gone in 50 years!" And now, in 2012, nearly 50 years after this leap for mankind, NASA has to sell cookies to survive. What a shame.
I want those food made for astronauts, not simple cupcakes.
God fucking damn it politicians [I]what are you doing.[/I] We need another Kennedy or something before NASA is just completely killed off.
It's sad to think that the about 2500 nuclear bombs the USSR and the US made during the Cold War, all the missile tech, etc.; that all that alone could've funded a proper colonization attempt fo say Mars already. But nope, gotta wave dicks around.
[QUOTE=LarparNar;36257363]God fucking damn it politicians [I]what are you doing.[/I] We need another Kennedy or something before NASA is just completely killed off.[/QUOTE] Too bad those Kennedys have a low life expectancy when they become presidents... [editline]9th June 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Kendra;36257522]It's sad to think that the about 2500 nuclear bombs the USSR and the US made during the Cold War, all the missile tech, etc.; that all that alone could've funded a proper colonization attempt fo say Mars already. But nope, gotta wave dicks around.[/QUOTE] Funny thing is that there is a project which would use all those nuclear bombs as propulsion. You have a giant dampener in the back of the spaceship, push a bomb out and detonate it, and then ride the shockwave. Kinda like surfing, but in space and with weapons of mass destruction.
We need to go back to that 4.41% that got us to the moon.
This makes me both sad and angry.. Obviously war is better. Sigh.
This sounds like something out of The Onion.
Obama Administration please stop cutting NASA funding before the media decides to have a field day on this.
and then the cupcakes are filled with nanobots that make you smarter and more interested in astronomy so nasa gets more employees it is GENIUS
they should make some space brownies
[QUOTE=LarparNar;36257363]God fucking damn it politicians [I]what are you doing.[/I] We need another Kennedy or something before NASA is just completely killed off.[/QUOTE] Well there was Newt with his moon base idea, but you would have to compromise on all his other crazy ideas.
One of the biggest(and one of very few) things I disagree with Obama is the importance of NASA. He should be diverting more money to them, not taking away what very little they have.
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