|I just read a novel by Dan Brown called, "Deception Point".|
Although, he comes down in favour of NASA, he has in the story a supposedly "corrupt" politician that wants to stop NASA funding and allow free-market competition in space exploration.
The arguments for withdrawing NASA tax funding are very compelling.
This later incident just goes to highlight NASA incompetence and waste of tax payers money.
Really, it is a scandal!
Meanwhile, experts have criticised Nasa's continuing reliance on the shuttle's ageing technology rather than diverting resources to developing its long-awaited successor, which is provisionally called the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The replacement craft remains on the drawing board. "The shuttle is costing a hell of a lot of money and we've got to get on to the CEV," said Sherwood Boehlert, chairman of the committee on science in the US House of Representatives. Nasa is asking Congress for $34.7bn over the next two years, a quarter of which would be earmarked for manned space exploration.
Time to let in the free market rule! What happened to NASA's plan to get private companies to build the next shuttle? I thought Mcdonnell Douglas won the bid? That was about ten years ago now!
How much better would it have been to have shown the commies up with a private company first putting man in space or on the moon?