Gongrats to China!!!
It's simple, we have become an anti-Science, anti-Education people while China and rest of Asia hold high regard for educated people.
Thanks to Obama and his uneducated hords...
Thanks to the folks who tend to support the Tea Party. They are the ones who claim the earth is 10,000 years old and deny science. Its not the average American but the very far right and the very religious that is causing the issues.
Thanks to the liberals
We've become an anti-tax people also. All we'd have to do is pay an extra dollar per year and we could fund NASA. But no, people would rather have 1/4 of a latte than pride in their country.
The way I see that is it wouldn't go to NASA it would go to some black book project or some huge gov contract instead. If I could chose where my tax money went then I'd gladly give extra. Better roads, schools, lots into R&D, and things that would better all our lives..
Congrats. You are only 40+ years behind us.
Yep. You can thank the bible thumping, science denying, math defying NEW Republican Party for the U.S. moving backwards in that regard!
Don't be so pathetic, friend. This isn't a political conversation, but even if it were there is no one-party solution. That line of thinking is only part of the problem.
I blame Bush.
I blame Obama.
Sanity, I'm no conservative, but I do know Obama slashed NASA's funding quite early in his presidency. I couldn't believe he'd done that, as NASA only made up 0.6% of the federal budget at the time. The funding for the Global War on Terror was funded 8x what NASA was.
What choice did he have considering our lousy state of economic affairs? I don't like it either but we have to cut according to the conservatives and they control congress who controls the money.
Not true. NASA is working on heavy lift capability that will take us deeper into space than ever before. It just takes time/consistency to develop the vehicles. We'll get there :)
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Thats what they have been saying since the 70's.
NASA is not going anywhere, they have to prove it.
The failure is on the bureaucratic end of things. NASA can/does achieve great things, but it's still a government agency, which makes it subject to politics. Apollo was cut short when the government decided it didn't want to fund the program anymore. Shuttle was cut short when the government decided it wasn't safe (despite post-Columbia missions proving otherwise). Constellation was cancelled when Obama decided the Moon was ho-hum. SLS/Orion could potentially suffer the same fate if people keep complaining.
Wrong. It takes a can do mindset. Here in America our space program has stagnated due to government red tape, labor unions, lack of initiative, and a loss of the "lets get it done" attitude that came with Kennedy. NASA is no longer in the Space Launch Program. They are now just another layer in the government red tape, looking for private business to take over and do what they used to do. They have over regulated and over complicated everything.
I am speaking as a person that was once a employee in the Space Launch business (not laid off recently) and live in an area destroyed by the downturn of NASA. And "engineer" could not turn a screw on a launch vehicle without 3 people certifying it needed to be done, a panel to determine how many times to turn it and QA signing off it was done properly after a week of testing was completed. And I did not mention the piles of paperwork.
Since shuttle, they've launched probes to the radiation belts, the Moon and Jupiter, a rover to Mars, climate satellites and a host of other spacecraft. They're still in the launch business.
Yes, the politicians are crippling the efforts to restore manned launch capability, but our program is still strong. I do thank you for your service to this great nation and program, though! My heart hurts for those affected by the bad dealings in Washington.
LOL, an amateur rocketeer could build and launch a "probe" if the government allowed it. In fact, if it weren't for said regulations, they would be doing it every day just for fun. Hardly a supporting testament for the viability and relevance of the current NASA.
Read about the missions I mentioned and you'll see why it's far less simple than you make it out to be.
We shouldn't have a lack of a space program right now. The programs shouldn't be mutually exclusive.
Heavy lift is almost mute if we can't launch people. We already have lift vehicles. It takes people to assemble, repair, and maintain these craft in orbit. Our priorities are REALLY screwed up. We are literally buying the cart before the horse! Like Jeremy said... backwards. We are currently in a position where we have to rely on our "friends" the Russians to get a man to or from orbit. That's just beyond embarrassing. It's sad. What's worse is that we had a perfectly viable manned craft in the works ready for testing and someone who shall remain nameless pulled the plug on it, leaving us at the mercy of (let's be honest here) an enemy to meet our space needs for us. We're not "getting there" any time soon, believe me. We're won't be getting anywhere in any sector any time soon at the current rate.
The gap sucks, sure, but it's not new. We had the same thing between ASTP and STS. At least we have international partners to ride with in the meantime. We didn't have that luxury from 1975-1981.
Not really, they are just regrouping and getting read for the next adventure. Just tougher to do with the large budget cuts.在家看电影！德国高清投影机只卖799元>>
Google "Space Launch System" if you think we aren't going anywhere.
I don't know why people like you think the way you do just because the shuttles are retired.
Nice job China, one day you'll catch up to us because... oh wait. We don't have a space program anymore. I guess maybe one day we'll catch up to you, since you're doing things we did over 40 years ago, but apparently can no longer do! It's pathetic how the US government has destroyed our manned space program.
A bunch of flat earth science deniers/tbaggers in DC say gay marriage is our most important issue now. These same uneducated paint eaters also say Americans are lazy and always looking for handouts.
A lot of Americans are looking for handouts and Obama loves to give it to them.
Like bankers, defense, richies tax loopholes. Yeah, I guess you're right.
Given the third world destiny of the bankrupt USA, I think a space program is not needed
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The ammount of money NASA uses is so little, compared to other expenses. It really is little.
We are working on more intense missions right now, Mars??
Best wishes to the team!
Cool, now we sit around a few years and reverse engineer THEIR technology for once.
Maybe we can hitch a ride with them.
oh my god
The US and China need to engage in joint space exploration.
The People's Republic of China does not do joint projects with war criminal states.
Maybe the US could add a guest house to the ISS, and invite the Chinese to visit for a spell?
China will soon outcompete US militarily, in space, and in science and technology. Already the Industrial GDP of China is much larger than the US and has been for at least 5 years as is the agricultural GDP. China has the best infrastructure with more world class subway than all of the Western world and 80% of the world's high speed train lines (the US has 0%). China will soon rid the world of Western tyranny.
go china go. FBI will not catch me, right?
That depends on where you are: As the NSA is already attempting to locate you, if you are in China, Hong Kong, or Ecuador, you are safe. However, if you are in the United States or one of its satellite states, such as the UK or Sweden, be prepared for rendition :-)
China keeps marching ahead because China doesn't have n1ggersSlowing it's progress with violent shootings, stabbings, armed burglaries, and armed robberies.
And your title is ManOfPeaceandChrist.....what a hypocrite...love thy neighbor as thyself. The words you choose will send you on a one way ticket to a burning eternity.
I love my neighbours of the same species as me. I regard blacks as wild animals.
Meanwhile, Obo cut NASA to to hook up his government worker, labor union, lazy blacks, & illegal immigrants just to win votes of the self-victimized.
The richest Chinese in China work for western companies. Go figure.
The US can no longer consume 40% of the world's resources with 4% of the world's population. There is a new Sheriff in town folks and one that will put an end to American tyranny and war crimes. In Pakistan and Iran, China will do to US what the US did to Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Tens of thousands of American troops will be murdered by Chinese made weapons sold to the countries the US attacks.
shouldn't you be freeloading on a Chinese media forum?
To listen to some people, it is like the US developed space tech and then just because we do not use what we have, we automatically lose that technology or capability. Fact is, that we can still go to the moon and we can still put a shuttle in orbit. We still have that capability and the technology to exploit it, we simply choose for what ever reason not to use it.
You also have a natural shift from government space programs to private space programs. These private space programs are not likely to simply up and leave the US and even if they did, the innovations they develop are likely to be available to those who can pay for it.
China going to space is not a really big issue. Yes, we have to watch their intentions and make sure they can not militarize space but in the end, simply because they can do things that we have done for more then 50 years dose not make them a big threat or otherwise a problem for us. In the coming years, more countries will enter space and maybe it is passed time that we welcome that.
How long did it take America to allow women in the space program? Glad to see the rest of the world isn't so chauvinistic.