Space: The Finale Frontier

Charles Krauthammer:

By the end of this year, there will be no shuttle, no U.S. manned space program, no way for us to get into space. We’re not talking about Mars or the moon here. We’re talking about low-Earth orbit, which the United States has dominated for nearly half a century and from which it is now retiring with nary a whimper.

Our absence from low-Earth orbit was meant to last a few years, the interval between the retirement of the fatally fragile space shuttle and its replacement with the Constellation program (Ares booster, Orion capsule, Altair lunar lander) to take astronauts more cheaply and safely back to space.

But the Obama 2011 budget kills Constellation. Instead, we shall have nothing. For the first time since John Glenn flew in 1962, the United States will have no access of its own for humans into space — and no prospect of getting there in the foreseeable future.

John Kennedy, for all his flaws, at least had a vision of American greatness. Obama has no such vision. This man has surrendered space to the Russians and the Chinese. The entire NASA budget is not even pocket change in the vast Federal budget – it is pocket lint. Yet Obama cuts it.

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4 Responses to Space: The Finale Frontier

  1. feeblemind says:

    If your goal is to cut America down to size, to make America one nation among many, then the cut makes perfect sense.

  2. Sam L. says:

    And yet…is a government program, hedged by funding and restricted by regulation and bureaucratic judgment, really the way to go. I’ve seen some comments indicating that private enterprise space exploration would be much more effective, NASA has suffered the “death of a thousand cuts” in funding and entrenched management. And then there’s James Hanson.

    Put me down as “unsure”.

  3. LYNNDH says:

    His decision has be very bummed. I grew up in the “space age”. I signals the end of American spirit of adventure.

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