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NASA adrift
Houston Chronicle, by Eric Berger

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Posted By:Muguy, 5/18/2014 8:50:59 AM

As an uncommonly brisk night fell over Houston last week a tiny Russian spacecraft, bathed in blinding sunlight, re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and plunged toward a dusty steppe in Kazakhstan. Of the three astronauts inside one was American, Rick Mastracchio, returning from a 188-day stay aboard the International Space Station. His arrival was closely watched in Houston, where Johnson Space Center has responsibility for U.S. human operations in space.

This is a frank article about the sad state of the NASA mission due to politics, and especially the essential gutting of manned space flight since the Space Shuttle´s mission ended and the abrupt cancellation of the Constellation program and anticipated manned mission to Mars because of Obama and his appointed henchmen.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jt26, 5/18/2014 9:02:07 AM     (No. 9853124)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: DaddyO, 5/18/2014 9:04:29 AM     (No. 9853128)

NASA administrator Charles Bolden: Obama told me my highest priority was to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering.

So of course NASA is adrift. His job was to make Muslim nations feel better about themselves. How do you measure such a thing? Tent to tent surveys?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 5/18/2014 9:05:03 AM     (No. 9853129)

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too."

Obama isn´t the anti-Ronald Reagan. He´s the anti JFK.

Ask not what your country can do for you - demand it!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ruready?, 5/18/2014 9:16:23 AM     (No. 9853146)

Learn a lesson from the progressives - it is easier to tear something up than build it. Hopefully we will elect an executive to tear down the IRS, EPA, NSA, DOJ, BLM and Obamacare.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDConservative, 5/18/2014 9:46:55 AM     (No. 9853182)

NASA is another extravagent relic that deserves relegation. Its de facto mission was to put a man on the moon in the sixties. It did, and then has spent the last 40 years casting about for another mission. (When are we going to Mars, again?) The shuttle was interesting for awhile, and when interest waned and two were lost, well, they became museum pieces. The USA is broke, borrowing for government operating expenses, and this is another place to economize. Much of the work was contract anyways. Time for privatization of American space "exploration." And, it´s happening...American companies are selling tickets and delivering stuff to the space station.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: GO3, 5/18/2014 10:58:58 AM     (No. 9853274)

The author gives way too much credit to the Clinton administration and the "can´t we all get along" 90s. If you want to see the start of huge amounts of NASA dollars squandered it´s the money pit known as the ISS. It is/was a high tech welfare program to keep Russian scientists employed with ultimately little utility other than providing propaganda for NASA and Clinton. Without this drain, dollars would have been available for a shuttle replacement and at least some of the programs he mentions in the article. It´s amazing how congress finds money for some foreign country´s boondoggle, but not for our own advancement.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Right Republican, 5/18/2014 11:14:55 AM     (No. 9853293)

Neither Republicans nor Democrats fare too well in this rather frank account of NASA´s failures.

It all goes back to the welfare-state funding: why are we sending rich white kids into space when there are poor hungry black kids in America´s inner cities?

Looks like paying the Russians was a backdoor method of keeping a US space presence alive, but now even that has fallen prey to politics.

Back in the day we were tantalized with visions of vacations in space. Now that dream´s death leaves me bitter and cynical.

Let´s just let it all go. Put what money we would spend on space into saving Social Security.

When we pass away, aspirations of traveling beyond our atmosphere die with us. Kids don´t care about space --looking up at the stars--their heads are all down looking at their phones.

Inane 140 character tweets, titillating twerks, and cyberbullying text-taunts are all they´re interested in anyway.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 5/18/2014 11:17:32 AM     (No. 9853299)

You always get the government you deserve.

Well, Here´s the Democrats for ya!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 5/18/2014 11:49:13 AM     (No. 9853343)

For Obama and his ilk, there are no free sovereign independent human spirits to concur in space, so why bother.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: KTWO, 5/18/2014 3:46:45 PM     (No. 9853509)

Some super comments. As #7 says, neither party fares well when all is reviewed.

I believe China launched another probe to the moon yesterday.

And tomorrow NASA will discuss our inventory of rocket engines and how to reach the space station. Not today, it´s Sunday.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 5/18/2014 8:12:20 PM     (No. 9853661)

Finish the sentence...in a Mooslime cesspool!

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