posted on Aug, 23 2008 @ 11:30 PM
I flagged this thread because this kind of news is important.
Anything watching closely and reporting of the human attempts for space exploration is important.
Space is our escape from a myriad of modern problems and dead ends imposed by our own shortsightedness. Also any serious attempts for venturing in to
space demand long term planning and long term commitment, something that our modern society is currently lacking. We can understand that by the way
we treat our natural environment.
Establishing a successful, viable and permanent presence in to space can prove that our society can strive for difficult goals and succeed.
Having said all that my mind goes to analyze the current state of affairs between US and Russia, the two prominent space powers: These two powers DO
NOT cooperate in the conquest of space. There are some instances they have been working together like the maintenance of the ISS space station, but
even this project is doomed by many mistakes, wrong strategy and limited mutual focus on the long term goals of the future of this project.
What is the status between the two space powers currently, either individually and either in cooperation:
A) US is making repetitive failed attempts to re establish their 50 year old status since their successful attempts to land on the moon.
B) Russia although developing a decades older strategy than the US, they remained true and reliable sticking to their original designs about their
main launch vehicles capabilities. They have been proven right because they achieved reliability. But there is a lack of resources for more demanding
projects and if this was not enough they are being forced probably to spend more in weapons research instead of space exploration, with the current
situations that seem to heat up a former Cold War status between the two prominent countries.
There is no closer examination and interest from the US side for a mutual technological cooperation, even while any modern US philosophies have been
proven unreliable, expensive and have a limited capability or a high degree of failure if their operational limits are extended. This can show us that
the Russian side understood better the value of long term planing than their US counterparts.
A) One side has repeating failures.
B) The other side has limited funding and now it will probably restricted even more.
Where ALL THIS leave us? (every people on earth)
More delays in a permanent space presence. More delays in resolution of old problems through space conquest.
We are making steps back instead of making steps forward.
HOW can we solve this?
[edit on 23-8-2008 by spacebot]