NASA Day of Remembrance; India's manned space plans...
NASA Day of Remembrance - Remembering those who lost their lives furthering the cause of exploration and discovery...
India's manned space mission plans:
The cost of the proposed mission is estimated at $4.8 billion, said S. Satish, spokesman for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
Studies have begun on the design of the crew capsules that will be used to put a pair of astronauts 300 kilometers aloft for seven days, he said. The project budget has been sent for federal approval, he added.
A training facility for astronauts will also be built in southern India as part of the program, which Satish said would be solely Indian.
For the U.S., in one sense, that it no longer takes a government to pursue use of space is a good thing, but that it may simply become "popular" and not soo much an "honorable pursuit" is...too bad.
There is probably a tome I could write about the news that NASA's constellation program is on the chopping block. There are hundreds of pros and cons. I won't go into them here. For now, I'll just going to say that I've got an empty feeling in my stomach about it, even though I could kinda see it coming from miles away...
And also, be aware that NASA stands for "National Aeronautics and Space Administration". It was set up from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Do not forget about the first A in NASA - that's a big reason why wind shear among many, MANY things are not considered a big problem anymore for passenger aircraft.
Further, NASA doing more global environmental science is great, but they better have a good reason why and ensure there's no double work. I contend that NASA works best as an aerospace R&D organization - not a "Save the World" organization. For more insights on this, please see my related writings: http://www.core77.com/blog/business/alex_steffen_on_obama_science_and_nasa_12570.asp
And for a deeper look into the whole topic, consider the following:
For the final report by the Augustine commission the future of NASA's space program, see the following:
And this quorum on the cost effectiveness of space exploration: