This is not the NASA I grew up with

August 2nd, 2012

I was a big space nerd growing up.

Hell, one of the reasons I went to Purdue University was that Neil Armstrong, Virgil Grissom, Roger Chafee, Eugene Cernan and other astronauts all went there.

So I’m predictably appalled by this quote:

“I have no desire to do a Mars landing on our own,” Bolden said. “The U.S. cannot always be the leader

Doesn’t really resonate the way this did, does it?

Note how Kennedy actually says, “We need to lead it.”

There are times I am literally ashamed by how far my country has fallen since I was a little boy watching Neil Armstrong make his giant leap.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    The reason we “lead it” was because we treated it as an extension of the Cold War. You said it yourself just a couple of days ago…

    “I haven’t been able to enjoy the Olympics…

    …since the Soviet Union collapsed. Competition is no fun without a villain – a reality well-understood by professional wrestling.”

    Why do we need to go to Mars now? What is the purpose, and how does that compare with other missions we have at home, such as stabilizing our economy, and repaying our debt?

    I’d rather see the government stop restricting who can go to space, and privatize more of it. If Mars has profit, we’ll go.

  • 2. jimspice  |  August 2nd, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    And they lie about warming global temperatures too, right? The New World Order folks must have infiltrated back in the Carter years.

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