In Hawthorne, California, birthplace of the Beach Boys and just minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is making the futuristic “final frontier” envisioned in movies like “Star Trek” a near-term reality.
Watching Space Shuttle Discovery soar over the great American monuments in DC on the back of a 747, gutted and consigned to a museum, brought back wonderful memories of America’s marvelous achievements. Yet it also reminded us it was our triumph in the space war that bankrupted the Soviet Union and created a bitterness they shall never forget.
President Obama's decision in 2010 to cut NASA's budget and abandon the Constellation program, established by the Bush administration, which was charged with returning Americans to the moon by 2020 and creating an "extended human presence on the moon," has created a vacuum, which China will attempt to fill.
President Reagan’s famous dictum, which he often quoted to Mikhail Gorbachev in Russian, was Trust but Verify. (In Russian, it rhymes: Doverai, no proverai.) President Obama has recognized that Reagan was a “transformational” president. He says he gave the old man credit, though he never gave him his vote.
President Obama continues to push the notion that he wants a "balanced approach" to budget cuts, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the only spending cuts he is willing to contemplate are cuts in defense spending.
The US Space Shuttle program ended last night when Atlantis landed for the last time.
The future of manned spaceflight? Who will issue the call to "boldly go where no man has gone before?" We can't figure out how to raise the debt limit much less launch a mission to Mars.
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