posted on Jan, 3 2013 @ 12:36 PM
reply to post by JayinAR
Thanks for posting, JayinAR. These type of subject matters I find are always interesting. However, I get a little disheatened by what appears to be
a real pull-back in Space Exploration.
Researchers with the Keck Institute for Space Studies in California have confirmed that NASA is mulling over their plan to build a robotic
spacecraft to grab a small asteroid and place it in high lunar orbit. The mission would cost about $2.6 billion – slightly more than NASA's
Curiosity Mars rover – and could be completed by the 2020s.
Comments such as 'mulling over', imply to me that not a lot of real planning has happened and the expected price tag of $2.6B, in today's dollars
would only seem to grow more into the '2020's.
The project still needs some technical and scientific fine-tuning, says co-leader Louis Friedman of the Planetary Society, but he sees it as an
important boost to exploration.
Then the article claims that "some technical and scientific fine-tuning" is required. That kind of statement, again leads me to believe not a lot of
real planning has gone into this proposal.
Call me skeptical, but, since NASA terminated the Space Shuttle program, and the only way Astronauts can get into Space, specifically the ISS is
through Russia's '60's based technology, I have been disappointed.
The disappointment grows when you think it has been over 40 years since man last went to the moon, landed, walked on it and returned back to earth.
Since then we've had Hubble, Keck, and of course the Mars rovers, but, not having manned exploration (or apparently nothing seriously in the works),
other than maybe some private contractors doing something, sometime, just leaves me a little empty.
Thats all I got! Peace!