posted on Apr, 2 2010 @ 03:16 PM
Just came across this. If this has already been posted, mods, feel free to close/move this thread. And btw, I did a search, and didn't come up with
This is from Michio Kaku's latest blog entry from the site Big Think.
The Glory Days of NASA are Over
Many people were left gasping when President Obama unveiled his new plan for outer space, including his proposal to cancel NASA's Constellation
program. It turns out that the great recession of 2008 and 2009 has claimed yet another victim, and this time it's the manned exploration of the
then he goes on to say:
As if President Obama doesn't already have enough on his plate, between health care, Afghanistan, education reform, budget deficits, etc., he now
plans to visit Florida this month to host a space summit and discuss his Administration's new plans for the space program. According to the White
House's official release: "The President and the NASA Administrator both believe that we have to be forward thinking and aggressive in our pursuit
of new technologies to take us beyond low-Earth orbit."
In fact, over 4,500 people may lose their jobs outright when the space shuttle is phased out in the new strategy. Not to mention that over $9 billion
was already spent on research to create the replacement for the space shuttle, the Ares 1 booster rocket. NASA's website states that "the Ares 1 is
the essential core of a safe, reliable, cost-effective space transportation system—one that will carry crewed missions back to the moon, on to Mars
and out into the solar system."
What does this all mean? It means that in the near term we'll have to depend on the Russians for access to outer space. Eventually—and this is the
ultimate goal—we aim to get private enterprise to take over the manned space program. In the future, perhaps you'll see a Coca-Cola advertisement
on the booster rockets as astronauts go into outer space with a Google logo on their space suits.
So what kind of implications do you think this will bring?
I know America already uses Soyuz for some things, but having to depend on Russia for all space access until private companies get in on it seems
On the other hand, this could be great for the economy and private sector, if it actually moves that way, by providing new jobs. But then again, we
all know what happens when big corporations get a slice of the pie, PROFIT! PROFIT! PROFIT!
A good movie to check out is Moon
Besides being a great sci-fi movie, it does give some good insight to how corporations may handle space exploration, or maybe a better term would be
Also, I'm curious if Air Force Space Command will be receiving the same kind of budget cuts that NASA will be getting? Something tells me "no".