I promise not to get too political here, but it will be hard not to do that. One of my biggest passions is space and space exploration. I feel like I was born about 1 thousand years too early because I would love to explore the universe. There will be interstellar travel by then right? Well, the path to that day just hit a speed bump. President Barack Obama will be bringing dreams of manned space exploration back down to Earth in an announcement on Thursday April 15. He will be addressing workers at the Kennedy Space Center as well as former and current astronauts.
As you probably already know, the Space Shuttle Program will be coming to an end this year. Nine thousand jobs will be lost at the KSC. Great timing, right? Obama will be creating 2500 jobs with his new vision of robotic deep sea exploration. That’s a bonus. However, he plans to axe the Constellation program which is NASA’s latest way to get to the moon. One of my heroes, Neil Armstrong, is very outspoken about the President’s decision saying our space program would become 3rd rate. Who would know better than Neil Armstrong, former Apollo commanders James Lovell and Eugene Cernan? They disagree with the President, and so do I.
The three former astronauts sent a letter to the President…here’s an excerpt:
“For the United States the leading space-faring nation for nearly half a century, to be without carriage to low Earth orbit and with no human exploration capability to go beyond Earth orbit for an indeterminate time into the future destines our nation to become one of second- or even third-rate stature”.
We are destined to fall behind in space exploration. I personally don’t care if we are first, second or third rate, but we are the leader in space right now. Who else will step up? Russia? Remember Mir? China? They’re still a decade or two behind us. The United Kingdom, France, India, Pakistan or Japan aren’t even close. We need to move forward….not stand still.
Here’s an article on Yahoo News.