posted on Jul, 13 2005 @ 01:16 PM
I think it's difficult to jump to the conclusion that the loss of a sensor would lead to the downfall of NASA. Especially in light of the massive
efforts to increase safety and change the management culture at NASA. I do believe that the bloated federal agency called NASA is a dinosaur, but it
took quite a shot to knock them off the top of the food chain. It will take a similar shot to cause the entirety of the country to lose all faith in
I think it's more likely that privitization of space travel will slowly erode at the mission tasking of NASA and render it irrelevant. That's still
over 20 years away, though. For now, you need massive government funding to accomplish big tasks in space. Private industry cannot take the sorts of
gambles with Other People's Money that the government can.