posted on May, 6 2014 @ 09:36 AM
a reply to: tadaman
OK first of all there are many Americans I respect, on ATS and in history. There are many achievement I admire from the USA. The mistreatment of US
congress towards NASA since the 1980s is not one of them.
Now I would rather USA remains the world superpower in my life time or at the very least a balancing force. I do not want Russia or China in control.
BUT the USA has made some awful miss calculations the last 30 years and it has its weaknesses. Failing to acknowledges said weaknesses and covering
them in arrogance will just mean the USA going the same way as the British/Spanish/Mongol and roman empires, which it one day will but sooner rather
than latter and Unless the EU is the superpower that rises in its place I do not want to be alive when the USA goes under. But the USA government
seems focused on going from one blunder to another.
I place myself as realist.
If not recognizing the USA as 100% perfect and the most wonderful place to live in (which I don't even think my own country England is) make me a
commie terrorist American hater than so be it.
As for my view on the shuttle?
Lets qualify it a bit more shall we?
The Shuttle was a very impressive and very advanced piece of kit designed to fulfill and very niche role and that was its problem.
Most of its design and construction was down to requirements for USAF and certain missions it wanted carried out due to the cold war. Most of its
missions were not meant to be civilian but military in nature. At the time high maintenance and complexity were not issues.
When the cold war ended NASA got stuck with a over engineered complex kit that was overkill for the majority of its missions extremely tricky and
expensive to maintain hence some of the corner cutting that lead to its fatal accidents. Think of it as using a B-2 to deliver food aid to Africa?
The shuttle was just not a cost effective or good way to conduct the majority of civilian NASA missions. You may say the repairing of the Hubble ?
But does a $5 billion telescope really merit and $200 billion shuttle program? Fact is NASA should have kept a cheaper capsule design going like
the Gemini, if it had the USA would likely not have to be currently hitching rides on a hostile nations space program.
My point is you cant blame Russia for the US congresses failings. Russia may be corrupt, it maybe be belligerent and it may be standing below the
moral high ground BUT is it there fault you have to hitch rides with them or US congress that gutted NASA of funds?
edit on 6-5-2014 by
crazyewok because: (no reason given)