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Goodbye To Glory Days And Shuttle-Ready Jobs
IBD Editorial ^ | April 14, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 04/14/2011 5:46:51 PM PDT by Kaslin

NASA: Instead of awarding our retired space fleet to museums, we should be awarding contracts to go to Mars and beyond. Once we triumphed over the vacuum of space. Now we face a vacuum of leadership.

A nation whose world leadership was unquestioned once held its breath as an American spacecraft placed American astronauts on the surface of the moon. It was a triumph of exceptionalism that was officially laid to rest this week as a nation held its breath to see which museums our space shuttle fleet would be awarded to.

In these difficult economic times and with a nation burdened by unsustainable debt, a robust space program may seem like a luxury we can't afford. But it was no less a luxury in 1961, when a young president pledged we would go to the moon not because it was easy but because it was hard.

America had a crisis of confidence. We had just suffered a genuine "Sputnik moment," not the one recently conjured up by President Obama for political purposes. The Bay of Pigs fiasco was still fresh in our memory. We needed a challenge that would raise our spirits above our everyday problems.

As even Obama noted in his State of the Union address, "Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon. The science wasn't there yet. NASA didn't even exist."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: americaindecline; apollo; bhonasa; bhospace; ibd; kennedylegacy; nasa; obama; shuttle; space; spacerace; spaceshuttle

1 posted on 04/14/2011 5:46:53 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

That’s because the Kenyan usurper thinks NASA should do an outreach mission to the sheep-shaggers.


2 posted on 04/14/2011 5:53:32 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Kaslin
The only reason NASA was such a great deal was because they were in competition...with the Soviets. When we got to the moon, we won. After the Democrat Partys' hero-nation Soviet Union when teats-up in 1992, NASA no longer had any competition and became just another gubmint agency.

We need to privatize space travel.

3 posted on 04/14/2011 5:56:20 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Precisely.........and that makes me worse than sick. The American space program had a profound influence on this country and even on me, personally.

It is why I later went to the AF Academy. I even, years later, had the privilege of telling Adm. Alan Shepard to his face, one-on-one, just that; that he and his fellow Mercury astronauts (and Gemini, Apollo) motivated me to pursue a career in aviation.

Have to tell ya.....he was stunned by that. Shows just how humble he really was, despite the public image.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 5:59:12 PM PDT by RightOnline
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To: Kaslin

To boldly go only where Mohammed has gone before...


5 posted on 04/14/2011 6:01:59 PM PDT by Colinsky
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To: Kaslin

Checking Article I section 8...
nope, don’t see it there.


6 posted on 04/14/2011 6:03:56 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Tagline closed for repairs. Please use the next available tagline. We appreciate your patience.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Checking Article I section 8... nope, don’t see it there.

Neither is the FAA.

Do you really want to play this game?

7 posted on 04/14/2011 6:08:38 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Kaslin
NASA lost it's way a long time ago, the space station is nothing but a cash cow, I have no ideal what it is suppose to achieve. The problem with space flight is speed and reentry. What work has NASA done in that area in the last twenty years. The answer is 0. Let the air force take it back over at least they might try something to see if it works.
8 posted on 04/14/2011 6:10:14 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: buccaneer81

“...Do you really want to play this game?...”
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YES! I really do.


9 posted on 04/14/2011 6:11:45 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (Tagline closed for repairs. Please use the next available tagline. We appreciate your patience.)
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To: Kaslin

NASA doesn’t have time or money to waste on space exploration.
It would detract from their presidential mission of reaching out to muslims.


10 posted on 04/14/2011 6:12:46 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Kaslin

NASA became a Affirmative Action “Jobs” bureaucracy ,nothing more, other than crashing shuttles once in a while.


11 posted on 04/14/2011 6:15:42 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Kaslin

Trailer for a new documentary short:

‘The 2nd Assassination of JFK’ Directed by RCM. Official trailer.
http://vimeo.com/19221809

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12 posted on 04/14/2011 6:16:10 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: Kaslin

The American people traded liberty for a TV clicker and HD. ALL of TV and Hollywood including Fox loves Oba and covers for him.

You all just need to sing this song everyday and get your mind’s right. Be like the rest of the stupid sheep who watch Obam TV.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdPSqL9_mfM


13 posted on 04/14/2011 6:16:43 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Cheetahcat

Yup. Hope and Change. NASA was good when the Germans ran it. It is a joke now but many of the people in America are just idiots who drool in front of the Obam TV each night.


14 posted on 04/14/2011 6:19:22 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Frantzie

“Yup. Hope and Change. NASA was good when the Germans ran it. It is a joke now but many of the people in America are just idiots who drool in front of the Obam TV each night.”

You are right,Now Idiots led by Idiots nothing more.


15 posted on 04/14/2011 6:27:05 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: Frantzie
It is a joke now but many of the people in America are just idiots who drool in front of the Obam TV each night.

True. A country that doesn't even place graduating scientists and engineers hastens is exit from the global power elite.

The fact we now for the forseeable future must rely on Russians for allowing us to hitch rides to the international space station is a grim statement on how steeply in decline we truly are.

But, damn... back in the day, we were on top and unrivaled. It was a great era for America.

16 posted on 04/14/2011 6:34:43 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: ScottinVA

place graduating scientists and engineers=place graduating scientists and engineers as a priority


17 posted on 04/14/2011 6:36:48 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
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To: Kaslin
Instead of awarding our retired space fleet to museums, we should be awarding contracts to go to Mars and beyond.

We will. There is change in the wind.

18 posted on 04/14/2011 6:52:24 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: ScottinVA

I was talking to a neighbor the other night. I dumped Oba TV almost 2 years ago now.

They overspent and bought all the toys, etc. Up to their eyeballs in debt, falling behind in the Oba Depression. They could crash any week. I avoid politics and just chit chat.

They said they had to run because Dancing with The Stars was coming on. The masses live in an Obama TV induced coma while everything is being taken from them and their children. They have given away their future for the idiot box. It is like mass ******g hypnosis - every effing day 24x7x365.

He could nuke Canada or murder 100 people on prime time TV and the news media/TV/Hollywood - would praise him.

It is like the Emperor Has No Clothes on steroids.

Michael Savage nailed it tonight when he talks about the govt/media/TV complex.

GE pays no taxes and gets huge “green” contracts because their TV networks (now owned 50/50 with Comcast) praise Obama at every turn and cover for him.

Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany where business and govt are the same thing.


19 posted on 04/14/2011 6:59:16 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Kaslin

Maybe NASA can”t can’t get a rocket into space but at least they have a much fatter budget to do nothing meaningful with.


20 posted on 04/14/2011 7:03:02 PM PDT by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Repeal The 17th

We do have assets in orbit about the Earth, our communications, weather and observation satellites. Soon we may will be obtaining power and materials from beyond Earth, and we will need a branch of the military to protect them from foreign interference, much as our Navy is supposed to protect the seas. I do not take credit for the idea of such a fleet, but it might be in the interest of the next American President to make it so.


21 posted on 04/14/2011 7:25:55 PM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: Kaslin

When yearly interest payments are > yearly GNP then the house of cards fall.

No bucks, no Buck Rogers.

John Kennedy inspired, Barry Soetoro expired.


22 posted on 04/14/2011 8:35:14 PM PDT by seraphim (Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -Wernher von Braun)
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To: Iron Munro

Space exploration without science is merely tourism.


23 posted on 04/14/2011 8:35:20 PM PDT by seraphim (Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. -Wernher von Braun)
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To: seraphim
Space exploration without science is merely tourism.

Well said.


24 posted on 04/15/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Our country's founders cherished liberty, not democracy." -- Ron Paul)
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To: Kaslin
We will never exploit or colonize space under our current system, those in gov't learned a huge lesson with the American Revolution..............colonies will eventually be free and they will flourish!

The world gov't we have now wants nothing more than control and allowing humans off world, is a release of control.

We are planet locked until the anti-capitalist are removed.

25 posted on 04/15/2011 8:16:34 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

In space, no one can hear you PING


26 posted on 04/15/2011 10:40:53 AM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: raptor22; All

America is indeed lost in space:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2439720/posts


27 posted on 04/15/2011 11:02:48 AM PDT by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: Kaslin; raptor22; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ..

When I was in college I used to dream of a Mars mission after reading a special edition of Discover on the idea. Maybe it was because in 4th grade I wrote a science report for a school assignment on Mars.

Now I am grown up. No country is sending people to Mars and certainly not the USA. We would be lucky to get a person to the Moon again. I dont even see that happening again. Can the USA even get a person in orbit anymore?

I was pretty young in the 1960s but since they actually made it to the moon (to beat the USSR there primarily) it must be that something changed dramically since then. The most obviously is that US skilled human labor has become extremely expensive and computer controlled machines have become much cheaper. That is why we send unmanned probes. The other is that the Federal government is very expensive.

Last: The US had money then (but not for long.) Now we are completely broke trying to figure out how much red ink we can run before the implosion, by doing it.

I don’t think I complained about Ethanol yet today, a classic government fix.


28 posted on 04/15/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: jmcenanly

Our Space Program IS a matter of national security, and we’re just pissing it away.


29 posted on 04/15/2011 11:11:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Our Space Program IS a matter of national security, and we’re just pissing it away.

WE aren't pissing it away - our POS POTUS is GIVING it away - along with shoving upwards to 100,000 AMERICANS out of work - their paychecks disappearing to 'mostly Muslim countries" where our president's heart really is.

And no one dares utter the word 'TREASON" -

Well, I'll say it: TREASON!

and where the HE*L is Congress on this? The president has NO LEGAL power to do this. Congress has charge/authority over decisions concerning NASA

30 posted on 04/15/2011 3:43:03 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("We stand together or we fall apart" mt)
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