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Originally posted by Zenem
I remember reading a thread on the NWO and how they plan to evacuate "essential" people to the international space station in WW3, maybe its baby steps towards that?
Theres lots of things going on towards getting "cheap" and repetitive trips into space like all those world records - alterior motive?
Originally posted by xpert11
It seems Bush is robbing Peter to pay Tom the sooner Bush and his cronies are out of the whitehouse the sooner the space race come to an end.
Aside from the addition of the $1 billion, he is robbing NASA to pay NASA. The new strategic Plan will be focused on space exploration. To do this a number of high-profile efforts have been canceled, postponed or scaled back. The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO) mission, is effectively canceled, bye bye Europa. Hubble has no money now, it was supposed to have a life span of 29 years. NASA is looking at a research job loss of 31 people and a potential total job loss of 700 by the end of 2006.
In my opinion space exploration is very important and very exiting, but we should not have to lose these other great things that NASA is doing.
I don't understand why a lot of people are trying to spin this into a 'Bush = bad' type of thing. Was Kennedy evil for wanting to go to the Moon?
Just admit it, this is a good thing for the progress of man.
Originally posted by vor78
Sigh. This is what bothers me. You automatically assume that because Bush is a fundamentalist Christian that he cannot possibly have any interest in space exploration or anything related to it, nor can his supporters. This is completely untrue. *I* would probably be what many would consider a fundamentalist Christian, one who happens to be quite politically conservative. I would triple Nasa's budget if I could. In fact, I'd pour money into science and R&D in this country in practically all areas if I could. And I know an awful lot of people who share my religious and political views who would agree with me. This is a common misconception that has been fueled by the political left trying to score political points off of a few dimwitted fringe elements of the political right who couldn't make a logical argument if their lives depended upon it. I believe that intellectual curiosity is an inborn trait of humans and no political party or affiliation has a monopoly on it. By the same token, there are not a disproportionate number of morons on either side of the political spectrum. Both have more than their fair share.
So, please, don't paint with such a broad brush.
Originally posted by Flinx
Originally posted by Umbrax
Shortly after 9/11 President Bush announced his administration now had a mission against terrorism. He has every right to make that the focus of his administration,
I suspect that Bush also believes what many of us do, that we're on the verge of having the technology to start opening up space to the masses. I also suspect that Bush knows that if the US can be the first country to gain a true foothold in space, we will also be the first to gain the scientific, economic, and military benefits and will have a head start at exploiting its newly acquired resources on everyone else. The ultimate intent, of course, is for the US to assert itself as the leading nation in space research, development, exploration and exploitation.
If Bush can accomplish the first steps towards this goal, he'll probably be remembered as one of, if not the main figure in the new 'space race' and, for all of his controversial actions, this particular one would ensure that he's considered one of the greatest US presidents of all time. So, to make a long story short, this is about legacy building.