[FPSPACE] Neil Armstrong in Congressional Testimony: US Space Program in "Embarrassing State"
dokter.nuyens at telenet.be
Mon Sep 26 08:26:26 EDT 2011
Amen to that.
The simple and embarrasing bottomline is that the US payed for most of
the ISS and now they can't get there by themselves. US politicians (Dems
and Reps alike) should do some soul-searching and get their act together
instead of trying to get the most out of it for their own states. The
sad thing is though that without that interest they are just not
interested in space at all.
I think it was Phillip Clark who (a quote I think) said politicians
should have their brains surgically removed, I think it wouldn't make
one tiny bit of difference at all.
> The hearing was (yet more) GOP posturing. They've trotted out Armstrong and Cernan before, and they said the same things.
> Bush shut down the Shuttle, then underfunded its replacement - if that was such a bad thing, why didn't these people speak out before? Like, maybe in 2005 or 2006?
> Besides, we're still building the Shuttle replacement - despite the severe damage done to the economy on Bush's watch, which could be (and has been) used to justify killing discretionary programs (like human spaceflight). So, what do these people have to complain about anyway? Bunch of babies.
> And, as I indicated, reliance on the Russians is not a new thing, nor especially bad. We wouldn't even have a space station if we hadn't let them into the program. We weren't grounded after Columbia because we had access to Russian spacecraft, and Progress vehicles kept ISS from reentering. How we do human spaceflight changed almost 20 years ago. Time these guys worked that out.
> Griffin had a chance to get the Chinese into the program, but he blew it. His great strategy - use them like the Soviets in the 1960s. The trouble is - no one really cares.
> My sense is that heroes like Armstrong and Cernan show their frailties when they let themselves be used in this way. The GOP's use of them tarnishes them, as the GOP has tarnished so much about our country since 2000. It's sad and embarrassing.
> David S. F. Portree
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