Originally posted by Drunkenparrot
As a nation, yes.
It's not like NASA doesn't have idea's but it takes a huge long term commitment from the people and a lot of money for funding.
These are [color=gold] trying times and everyone has different priorities for the federal budget. If the lack of a substantial new goal for
the U.S. space program is a concern be sure to write your congressman.
Personally, I believe that nationalism has to be put aside for the common goal if humanity ever hopes to get beyond low earth orbit on a permanent
Private enterprise is a possibility as well if an ambitious space endeavor could be made profitable ( such as mining precious minerals from asteroids
or establishing eco tourism on Mars. )
The one growth industry that America used to have.
The one that we were the leaders in.
The one that used to be the hope for the future,
was destroyed with a simple smart Alec comment.
"We have enough problems here on earth."
And now that we have abandoned our own futures to fix things quote here-on-earth end quote,
I'm advised that we are in "trying times" and I should "write" my "Congressman".
My freakin Congressman...
The dream of space was suppressed because of fear.
The _method_ of suppressing the dream was a meme
that first surfaced in my area in the late 70's early 80's
"Space!? We have enough problems here on Earth."
It was useful to the average six-pack or grocery-shopper when they found themselves in a conversation above their education level.
Also, once on the defensive, most space fanatics
were hard pressed to explain the safety issues,
how to effect a rescue, and how unpleasant life in zero G is.
I've been looking into this since the 70's
when I first became a conspiracy theorist
over the shuttle redesign in committee
where they divided it into two parts so it could be
in Florida AND Louisiana.
(the original was twice as big and all the fuel was in the wings,
no external tank to shed a piece of ice and cause catastrophic loss of life later
(but politicians know best don't they))
edit on 18-8-2013 by mikegrouchy because: (no reason given)