posted on Aug, 4 2005 @ 12:19 AM
I joined the group just today, and I was reading some of the postings concerning the Shuttle Mission, and some were casting doubt on the
"legitimacy" of the Mission, and even the Space Program itself.
I must say, that if this mission is a failure and the "Shuttlenauts" are killed, we can kiss goodby to our Space program for a long, long time.
As some of you may remember, the Space Race was started October, 1957 when the Soviets put up Sputnik. That was the " Official " start of the Space
race, which some say we " Won " when on July 1969 we landed men on the Moon.
It was an extremely emotional moment for anyone old enough to remember it. I had tears along with half the World, celebrating man's achievement..
Some today still insist that it was faked, just like in the movie, " Capricorn One", which concerned the Mars manned voyage.
I believe it is Mankind's future...space exploration, that is....
I know that there are naysayers everywhere would like to see the Space program scuttled, and that the big bucks we use to sent men into Space would be
better spent on Earth for poverty programs, etc.....
I say, Baloney....the money has to be generated...it doesn't exist until Congress authorizes it...
I have witnessed 2 Shuttle launches, and wish every American could see one " In the Flesh " as it were...I think a lot of people would maybe see the
program in a new light, that is Space Exploration is worth it.
If you don't believe me, just try and count all the electronic devices and non stick Teflon, etc...etc...ALL as a direct result of the Space
I admit to the possible Histrionics that NASA may be pulling, but never forget they are selling us an idea as well as a product..
I could ramble on about the Space Program and it's costs, and I sincerely hope our Government can see fit to fund the programs adequately, otherwise
we will have another catastrophe on our hands, and no one would ever wish that...