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Kickstarting NASA

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 4, 2012, 12:16 PM
This last weekend I had the pleasure of going to the NASA panel at PAX Prime 2012 in Seattle WA. Where they receieved a Standing Ovation after moving a crowd to tears with heartfelt passion.

They spoke not only on "Curiosity" and her amazing voyage that she is making, but how these space ships and robots, combined with gaming and other NASA technology are essentially the peoples "avatars" to explore other worlds.

They also spoke on the Holodeck, and how they are currently working to make it not just a thing of science fiction, but a thing of reality. NASA is gaining the technology bit by bit to work towards building the USS Starship Enterprise. Right now, they only need the support, and the funding.

After the show myself and a coworker from "Break From Reality Games" went down to thank them, for the amazing panel, for the inspiration for the two board games we are making , and to tell them to Kickstart NASA. The response was amazing. They hadn't really thought about crowd funding, and there is currently no way with less than a penny per US citizen that they will be able to make the Enterprise a reality in our livetimes.

With the proper funding however... they just might be able to do it. If not for us, for our children. So I'm asking all the sci-fi clubs, and to everyone that loves Space. Gamers, Artists, Scientists. Post a poll similar to this one ((or straight up this one)):

elysianimagery.deviantart.com/…

Would you donate to NASA? Would you give up one or more Starbucks coffee's to be able to replicate your coffee in space? To see Mars up close, how about Jupiters Moon Europa? Beyond?

I know I would.
Once you have posted the poll, please link it back to me, so that I can compile them all with screenshots and actually send them to mars.jpl.nasa.gov/ and we can all maybe be a part of the greatest Space Movement, since the "Space Age" began.

--Sylvia
SpaceSceneOne by ElysianImagery

Check out the panel that started all of this!

:star: :star: :star: :star: :star: NASA PANEL AT PAX PRIME 2012 :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
www.twitch.tv/pax/b/330912312

  • Listening to: me play the violin
  • Reading: sword of truth series
  • Watching: the sunshine :)
  • Playing: with my Corgis
  • Eating: almonds
  • Drinking: coffee
Skin by sergbel (modified by ElysianImagery)
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shadowblade275 Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to " boldly go where no man has gone before " and actually create perhaps the most famous and legendary ship of all time is truelly fascinating. if only those private companies and bussinessmen saw things the way us fans do, to see the potential and the benefits instead of wanting to see the dollar figures.
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ElysianImagery Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I rather agree with you. The other thing to do is to try to get the private sector back online WITH NASA as more heads thinking are always better than one. Just imagine the possibilities!
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shadowblade275 Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
definitely. and what if the many researchers and scientists from all across the world were to pool their data and resources to work together. then i dont think there is anything that cant be accomplished.
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ElysianImagery Sep 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
agreed. the hard part is also getting everyone to understand that knowledge isn't something that should be hoarded to just one persons or place. The more you can expand knowledge on the whole, it gives more people the ability to look at things from a different angle and maybe figure out something new :)
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shadowblade275 Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
exactly. finally, i meet someone else who agrees on that.
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Atlas0 Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What NASA is doing out there is the stuff of legends, and I'm beyond amazed and grateful for their hard work. Yet -- yet -- I'm wondering why NASA would need public funding? Don't they get their funding from the government or private sponsorship or something like that? I mean, I'm not the smartest guy ever, but if NASA can build rockets and all, I'm just not sure why they'd need everyone else's money.

No disrespect meant to them or you, but I am curious? :?
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ElysianImagery Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They barely get enough funding to do anything at all. The number up there where I was mentioning that they get less than a penny per american citizen a year is true. It's not a lot at all. All of this research costs a ton of money especially to get everything needed that would be going into space. So no, the government does not give them enough money and neither does private funding.

Not to mention, at some point, crowd funding would be amazing for this because people would get to give them WAY more than average and it really would ((in my opinion after speaking directly with the folks at JPL)) give them the boost needed.
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Atlas0 Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I see! THanks for the info... I might just have something for them =)
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skiesofchaos Sep 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
That is a most fantastic idea! And truly NASA has been one of my inspirations all of my life.
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ElysianImagery Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed. After all, the very thoughts of what we could do in Space, where we could go and what we could accomplish. Its practically mind boggling!
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