Saturday, February 06, 2010

Former Astronauts Weigh In

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/05/2195827.aspx

I'm with former shuttle astronaut, Tom Jones, who wrote: "He expects that China will pursue increasingly ambitious space goals and become the next country to send explorers into deep space. We will watch, helpless to follow."

This is my prediction too, which is why I think in the next presidential election this will be an issue:

Who lost the space race to China?

Then there is Burt Rutan, whom I also agree with:

"I would support a restructuring of goals and funding so NASA can be allowed to perform like the '60s on space Research and on Exploration. There is not a shred of evidence that the president sees any value in those goals."

I think Obama will be vulnerable on this issue in 2012.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

More on the Death of the Dream of Returning to the Moon

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/01/2191461.aspx

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Stuck in low Earth orbit and having to depend on the Russians to even get there is bad.

Commercial service to LEO may work, but nobody has come close yet with a man-rated vehicle.

A Sad Day

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/01/2191461.aspx

I like the emphasis on private spacecraft for low Earth orbit, but unless there is an international treaty to privatize the Moon (which would be a good idea), then we aren't going back any time soon.

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We have wasted billions on a "stimulus" program that mostly employs government workers at the state level. If had taken those same billions, NASA could have had a robust manned and robotic space program that would have employed lots of high tech workers in the private sector.

I doubt Congress can turn this around since the deficit is so huge.

The only hope at this point is a new President (2012 here we come) and/or China steams ahead to land on the Moon and people start blaming Obama for "losing the Moon" to the Chinese.

Space Race! Space Race!