Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Obama grounding JFK's space legacy

An Op-Ed from Neil Armstrong, James Lovell, and Gene Cernan in USA TODAY lays it out.

The response to Kennedy's bold challenge a half-century ago has led to America's unchallenged leadership in space. We take enormous pride in all that has been accomplished in the past 50 years. And we have the people, the skills and the wherewithal to continue to excel and reach challenging goals in space exploration.

But today, America's leadership in space is slipping. NASA's human spaceflight program is in substantial disarray with no clear-cut mission in the offing. We will have no rockets to carry humans to low-Earth orbit and beyond for an indeterminate number of years. Congress has mandated the development of rocket launchers and spacecraft to explore the near-solar system beyond Earth orbit. But NASA has not yet announced a convincing strategy for their use. After a half-century of remarkable progress, a coherent plan for maintaining America's leadership in space exploration is no longer apparent.

There is much more. I encourage you to read it all.

It must be hard for these heroes to watch America throw away the leadership that they and their brethren worked so hard to achieve.

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