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Friday
Jan292010

Hey, NASA: In Honor of Dark Week*, the Manned Space Program Has Been Cancelled

Not.  Cool.

*Dark Week, or "Remembrance Week," honors the crews lost on Apollo 1 (January 27),  Challenger (January 28),  and Columbia (February 1.)

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Reader Comments (9)

Don't worry. The Moon's not going anywhere.

In the meantime, NASA can now reevaluate the Ares rocket system, which many engineers considered to have serious design flaws —but were dismissed by NASA in order to keep with the schedule proposed by Bush.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

I wouldn't hold your breath. Without the money to do so, they're not re-evaluating anything. In the meantime, I'm really eager to hear how they expect to continue servicing the ISS once the shuttle stands down.

January 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMB

I am alarmed at how short-sighted a decision this is... The brain-drain on NASA will be very severe and I think the R&D that occurs with designing a new program would help the rest of us through spin-offs and such...

January 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick (BestMan)

Just another reason I find it difficult to pray for the government.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

That's where http://www.spacex.com/" rel="nofollow">Elon Musk comes in ;)

And yes, for a while they'll have to rely on the Russkies. Boo-hoo. Another example that if the human race will ever reach the stars & escape the fate of the dinos, first we will have to settle all our petty quarrels.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Star,
You should never pray FOR the government, you should always pray for LESS of the government!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlabama Guy

Oh, I ain't got no problem with Russian hardware. That's what we used in the aftermath of the loss of Columbia. But still, this is a bunch of wandering around with no clear-cut goal, and that does no one-- the US OR the world-- any good.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Hey, MB--On a completely unrelated note, how do you get your Wordpress posts to show up on your Facebook page? There's only a zillion Wordpress applications that FB allows me to choose from...

February 4, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

[...] Well, she’s mine and she’s an all-around gymnast, and today the crew commander announced that he was taking her out of the barn for a few more orbits.  In September Discovery flies for the last time, and then, in November, Endeavour.  They’re calling it “the Long Goodbye.”  I am calling it The Long Gaze Into Absolutely Nothing. [...]

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