….how come we don’t have a viable space program?

Well, when I was small, I’d watch cartoons where the future would involve space ships….

I thought I’d drive a jet to work and take a vacation on the moon.

Ironically, the space shuttle was retired not too long ago….

Osama is fish food and gas is $4 a gallon. So Prez. O’Bummer, where’s our space program? I suppose a space program seems pretentious when tons of people don’t even have health insurance. Since Osama is fish food, what are we doing in the middle east again? Letting nutcases with PTSD shoot up little kids who didn’t hurt the poor souls slaughtered on 9/11. So, Dick Rommel or whoever is the next douchbag to run this country (into the ground)–where’s our space program? Sure, everyone’s got a cellphone and internet access but this isn’t the future I imagined.

So we have our Hubble telescope which should function until 2014 or so. So who are we gonna ask to launch the next one? hehe are we gonna give the Soviets a few thousand cases of vodka to launch it? That’s if those bastards in Congress even have the money left over after giving all their corporate butt buddies our tax money. Remember OUR TAX MONEY. So, crappy US government-where’s our space program? Remember dreams are made of this—

2 thoughts on “….how come we don’t have a viable space program?

  1. See about halfway down in the comments section:

    http://hereticsway.gluontheferengi.com/2012/04/12/western-misunderstandings-of-individual-choice/

    Overall NASA’s budget has always been a fraction of most research/procurement budgets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budget_of_NASA

    Basically, bad contractors who deliver shitty launch vehicles over budget, late and poorly built. Bad civilian management who use political logic to solve science/engineering questions (I.E. O-rings for the Challenger distaster). A relatively low budget for R&D, except for the Apollo Program (cold war achievement porn). An inability for a democratic government (with a very short time orientation) to accept that Space Program is a long term investment that in some cases takes a decade or more to completely pay off, but pays exponentially more than was put in. The problem wasn’t the science behind making it work, or even the system per se, but the people in it.

    Challenger Disaster:
    http://www.fotuva.org/feynman/challenger-appendix.html

    NASA spin offs into the private sector:
    http://spinoff.nasa.gov/index.html

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