Why are we still paying the Russkis to take American “astronauts” into space?
“Why are we still paying the Russkis to take American astronauts into space?”
Because Congress foolishly allowed NASA to cancel our only manned flight program before its replacement was in place and ready to fly. Same as they did 40 years ago. And NASA felt it had to cancel the Shuttle before it could start work on its replacement because Congress had starved the Shuttle program in the first place, providing only enough funding for a fraction of the Shuttle fleet originally planned, and none for replacing the Shuttles that were lost. There was no sign that Congress, or either the Bush or Obama administrations, would provide funding for the development of a new manned space vehicle as long as the Shuttles were operating.
It’s almost as if the politicians don’t want a space program at all.