Re: [bureau-13] Re: [phoenixinn] Shuttle Down
- At 1:21 PM -0800 2/1/03, Jay P Hailey wrote:
>That is the way I am betting at this time.Oh, then she'd be Abandoned in Space then. Hmm, anyone want to pass
>I think the space station is toasty
>they'll ground the shuttles for years while this is poked over, and
>that's all she wrote for the Space Station.
the hat around so that we can buy a ride on a Russian rocket and
claim salvage rights?
>I hope not, they are flying corpses as it is. If NASA's shuttle
>But I think in the end, The Discovery , the Atlantis and the Endeavor
>will fly again.
program were an airline, the FAA would have shut them down long ago.
It takes cannibalizing the parts from one to two shuttles to make a
third space worthy. Why? Because Congress cut funding to the point
that the only way to run the shuttle program is like it was a third
world airline. Hell, most third world airlines are run better than
the shuttle program. At least they have spare parts for their
This is the point where NASA needs to decide if it's in the
research/exploration business or in the space business. It really
can't be in both not with the budget it has. If it's in the
research/exploration business then turn over the space business to
private enterprise. Let private enterprise do the day to day space
business. Sure NASA can play the role of Space Traffic Control, but
that's it's only role.
It's either that, or give them the damn money to do it right. I'm
going to write all my congress critters and take that stance. Let
NASA do the basic research and exploration, and let someone else do
the space satellite business and let them rent the Space Station, or
give NASA a source of funding that let's them run the business like
it should be.
I agree with Nick one thing: Let NASA patent it discoveries, it will
make more than enough money to run itself then. I wonder how many
projects become public if they knew that they could make money off of
"Another one of them new worlds.
No beer, no women, no pool parlors - nothin'.
Nothing to do but throw rocks at tin cans and we got to bring our own
---- Ship's Cook, United Planets Cruiser C-57D
- Dear John and Girl Genius Form [original Msg#3055 -- and HTML link --
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We all mourn the heroes lost with the space shuttle Columbia.
I cannot create an army of clanks or clones or rockets or dirigibles
to save the day. However, many of my friend have both grieved for
the loss and ranted about the lack of funding and worries that this
will trap Homo Sapiens on Sol III. One reporter actually asked NASA
if they expect a funding boost like they got after the Challenger
accident and how they would spend it. The NASA spokesperson didn't
give a fig for that, just wanted to mourn and find out what happened
so they could stop it from happening again.
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Msg#3055 [bureau-13] Re: [phoenixinn] Shuttle Down
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "John H. Reiher Jr."
> >they'll ground the shuttles for years while this is poked over, and
> >that's all she wrote for the Space Station.
> ... <snip> ...
> It's either that, or give them the damn money to do it right. I'm
> going to write all my congress critters and take that stance.