Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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NASA News: We Have a Long Way to Go

mtrose2 sent me a copy of this speech, which I tracked down online to share with you. It contains much detail and hard science, and some political and philosophical discussion, regarding NASA's current goals and the resources available to achieve them. Summary: we're going up, but we really need more resources to do the job right. Encourage your representatives to allocate sufficient funds, lest we become dependent on more foresightful nations.

We Have a Long Way to Go

Last year, I addressed the considerations governing the design of NASA's Constellation architecture, to get on the record why the design is what it is. However, judging by the many questions I receive on the topic, I didn't do a very good job, so I will try again today. And, while I will try not to repeat what I have said in prior speeches and testimony, I must admit that in tackling these issues I am reminded of Shakespeare's Henry V: "Once more into the breach, dear friends ..."

Constellation was designed to implement a new civil space policy, articulated by the president in the aftermath of the Columbia accident, and modified, extended, and enhanced by both Republican and Democratic Congresses in the NASA Authorization Acts of 2005 and 2008.

Tags: economics, science, space exploration
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