In response to Sputnik Kennedy put up well defined goal - Send a man to the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of the decade.
That is called a specification.
Obama put up a nebulous smoke cloud - stimulate innovation.
That is called waving your hands around.
posted on 01/27/2011 6:37:31 AM PST
I've heard speculation that our delay was intentional. We wanted to establish a precedent of free passage over other countries in space - essentially national sovereignty only goes to the edge of the atmosphere rather than all the way to infinity. We could do that by allowing a Soviet satellite to orbit above us without asserting our rights to the space above the US as we would if a Soviet aircraft crossed our airspace.
I don't know whether it is true or not, or just some rationalization after the first round of the space race.
posted on 01/27/2011 6:43:05 AM PST
(Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
Obama defines “Sputnik Moment” as opportunity to spend lots of money over a long period for very vague goals.
posted on 01/27/2011 6:46:51 AM PST
Our “Sputnik moment” was the (near) collapse of Greece and Ireland.
I really think Obama meant to say "Dupnik Moment"...
posted on 01/27/2011 6:55:17 AM PST
by Joe 6-pack
(Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
Our next ‘Sputnik Moment’ will be when a EMP is burst over our continent and it will be called a “WTF Moment”.
posted on 01/27/2011 7:01:39 AM PST
Four months later, after numerous launch vehicle explosions on the pad and in mid-flight,...
Thanks for posting that. Many Americans, and FReepers too, are unaware of the frustrations we endured watching or reading about failure after failure. It was bad enought that adolescents had a joke about it.
Q. How do they count backwards at Cape Canaveral?
A. 5...4...3...2...1...Oh...$#@!, back to the drawing boards.
posted on 01/27/2011 7:11:25 AM PST
(Joe Biden.....America's only living brain donor.)
That “no science” statement by the Fearless Leader was totally wrong, ignorant and stupid. Whatta Zer0.
posted on 01/27/2011 7:32:25 AM PST
The Sputnik comments shows his mentality and values is not that of an American, but rather someone raised abroad.
posted on 01/27/2011 8:09:21 AM PST
posted on 01/27/2011 11:44:20 AM PST
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