Thursday, September 29, 2005

NASA administrator says space shuttle was a mistake





The space shuttle and International Space Station -- nearly the whole of the U.S. manned space program for the past three decades -- were mistakes, NASA chief Michael Griffin said Tuesday.


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"It is now commonly accepted that was not the right path," Griffin said. "We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can."

7 comments:

JEFM said...

This guy's a genius!
My God, how clever ...

Mac said...

At least they're finally being honest. No more empty glamorization. Maybe we can really *do* something now.

JEFM said...

Yeh, sure hope so.

This guy looks like he's willing to put things in order, or at least try ...

Jon

W.M. Bear said...

I'm (reluctantly because he's a Bush appointee) impressed by Griffin. He seems to have a lot more technological/scientific savvy plus "the vision thing" than several previous Administrators.

The Andy-Christ said...

I was promised Lunar domed cities and orbital hotels. And laser guns! Where are my damned laser guns!!! Its about time they got on the ball there at NASA!

W.M. Bear said...

Yeah, but then we liberal types would have to lobby for laser gun control.

Ken said...

Yeah, at least they're being honest about this, finally. When the shuttle first appeared, it all looked so good, I was SO impressed. But neither performance nor economy nor true safety ever showed. Myself, I never understood why they didn't strap a couple more solid boosters on, and send the main fuel tanks into low Earth orbit. Once up, other missions could bump them higher, open to vacuum, insulate, insert prepackaged living/working units, and voila! - a space station. Do it on the cheap, you know? NASA never did answer my suggestion letter.

I think this shows once again, as if we needed further proof, that our only real hope of actually USING space is for industry to take us there. If is money's to be made, somebody will grab for it. Lunar H3, maybe, I dunno. But we have a government which is in large part dysfunctional, top to bottom. We just can't count on the Feds, no matter the particular incarnation. Of course, there's all the rumors about secret stations, etc. .... Who knows? Them's that talk, don't know, them's that know, don't talk.

Yeah, Griffin seems ok, I guess. Talks sense, seems like, anyway. Yeah, domed colonies, mass drivers to send building materials to the Lagrangian points, Our Stepping Stone to the Solar System! *sigh* Coulda woulda shoulda. Vietnam. Short-sightedness. All the human foibles.

And you'll get my laser when you pry it from my cold, decompressed fingers. Which should be pretty easily arranged, actually! :-)