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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rocket's Red Glare


The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on the Fourth of July.

8 Comments:

Blogger Kelly said...

Read my own entry on the subject:

Discovery rises to the occasion!

I had to put it over there because of a picture involved in it...that is critical to the point.

12:07 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

the space shuttle program should be paid for by special interest groups. i do not approve of having to contribute to it whatsoever. so call me a killjoy. i'd much rather open a soup kitchen or a home for battered women and/or children or to my own children's education.

7:05 PM  
Blogger nanc said...

p.s. - however, i do wish them well.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Even Columbus' voyages of discovery were bankrolled by government.

I too would love to see private interest groups taking their money into space. Is it likely to happen? Not really.

However, many a payload heading into space is paid for by private industry.

10:52 PM  
Blogger a.m. said...

Many happy returns to the astronauts aboard Discovery!

10:51 AM  
Blogger John said...

Fund NASA and fund it well.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

John :) YA!

5:20 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bargholz said...

The Space Shuttle program represents dangerously obsolete technology. It may be the envy of the rest of the world, but that isn't saying much. It isn't saying anything, actually. Their greatest acheivmnents are jokes compared to our mediocre ones.

The shuttle program needs to be replaced with 21st century technolgy. I liked "Space Cowboys" as much as the next guy (more--I've seen it more than 10 times,) but America needs to take the exploration of near space seriously. Space is the most dangerous and hostile environment known to man--and potentially the most lucrative. The Asteroid belt is not beyond our reach, and it's a near-Earth El Dorado of mineral and energy wealth.

I agree with Nanc that more private money needs to be courted, but America can't afford to surrender space to our enemies. The fact that China and other hostile countries have satellites should be a cause for national shame. Spaceborne weapons platforms are obscenely dangerous, and no country but ours should be allowed to have one.

President Bush wants to see a U.S. base built on the moon. He didn't admit it publicly, but he obviously wants one for security reasons. Unfortunately, even if he didn't have so much on his plate, that's a goal that can't be acheived during his term as President. If a Dhimmiecrat is elected, it won't even be attempted. The Republican party is almost as bad. They're too short-sighted and complacent to even defend America's superpower status, much less strengthen it. Our superpowers grow weaker every year.

Superman is turning into Sissyman.

10:11 PM  

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