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Will NASA last another 50 years?

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posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 07:30 PM
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Will NASA last another 50 years?


space.newscientist.com

As for lunar exploration, that impressive but short-lived child of a near-forgotten cold war, we have reached a time where NASA is no longer the proud vanguard of a technological adventure. Instead it seems to be the faltering custodian of an old one. The spacecraft that will be used for touchdown missions in the coming decade are based on systems designed in the late 1970s: solid rocket boosters from the space shuttle, bolted onto a familiar throwaway fuel tank, topped by a conical crew capsule that is embarrassingly similar to the old Apollo.
We've seen this stuff before, so do not experience the same thrill in rocket adventures as our parents did 40 or 50 years ago, when both they and the space age were still young. This failure to seduce us represents a fundamental problem for NASA. If it can't inspire people any more, then what's the point? Unless it can restore that vital bond of communication, it's hard to see a way forward for the ageing agency.
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posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 07:30 PM
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This New Scientist articles makes a convincing case for NASA being a tired, outdated, burocratic, unnecessarily secretive and ineffective organization relying on long outdated designs and equipment.

I agree that NASA should be scraped and rebuilt from the ground up with private contractors and companies doing what government agencies are doing now.

NASA has shown time and time again how incompetent it has become.

My intent is to provide a thread to discuss constructive changes in NASA. Where do we start?

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posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 08:03 PM
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Originally posted by plumranch
a convincing case for NASA being a .... burocratic, unnecessarily secretive .... organization


I think that is exactly what they are.

When NASA grabbed worldwide attention, space exploration, as the article said, was young, exciting and new. Therefore, it was easy to grab people's attention and interest.

But now, no one even knows what NASA is doing. The secretive and hidden agenda, the blurry and confusing mission objectives and the lack of disclosure of facts has essentially extinguished the natural interest that most, if not all humans have in space and space exploration.

From the outside, which is the only perspective most of us have, it looks like it is about self interest and money with NASA and those who run it behind closed doors.

Its not about science. Its not about sharing videos and photos of bodies in our Solar System and Universe for entertainment, excitement and learning purposes. Its not about potentially finding life elsewhere, or at least not to share it with the public.

Its about greed and power. Just like everything else.

Until we have an independent body with powerful enough technology to explore space, I fear that greed and special interest will continue to suppress people's interests in space exploration, allowing NASA and everyone else to use space for their own needs and wants, and not for scientific purposes.

Its really very sad. We have this potential to do such great things, the biggest of which is far reaching space travel and exploration for scientific and learning purposes, and we're wasting it for personal gain.

A person's personal materialistic gains die with him/her. Knowledge lives forever. If only these people knew or even cared about that... :shk:

[edit on 6/11/08 by NovusOrdoMundi]



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 08:14 PM
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This may well be a stupid question,but I have to ask.Why has the government kept the private sector from launching their own space exploration enterprises?



posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 10:53 PM
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Or, as I wonder, why don't they fund private contractors to do faster and cheaper what government does so slowly and wastefully?

Is it because they want to keep everything under wraps for security purposes? For purposes of national defense?

Then again we all know of the instances where astronauts have seen evidence of alien craft. Do they want to have control of what is seen so they can do a cover up?

And when photos and videos are taken they can do a photolab job on the footage to cover up anything that looks alien?



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