Hopefully overly pessimistic opinion from Dr. Jerry Pournelle (but he's probably right)...
I am calling it right here, right now: NASA as anything more than a space trukking service for the International Space Station is going to be out of the manned space flight business by the end of this calendar year, 2009.
That's right. No moon, not in 2020 or ever. No Mars. No nothing other than flying aging Ph.D. astronauts to a moribund suite of soon-to-be-obsolete Cans-In-The-Sky for dead end research and "prestige". Oh, and not to forget: the occasional billionaire.
In eleven weeks, this Presidential Commission will issue the death warrant to all that NASA bloviation about "Back to the moon".
What did anyone really expect from a hard-left, Democratic president who plans to revamp the entire financial industry of the largest economy in history, also reconfigure the largest health system in history AND simultaneously totally reconfigure the entire energy structure of said largest economy ever, and do all of that in his first year?
What, did anyone really think such a person actually gave a thought to getting the human race out there among the stars?
Imagine Bill Cosby's voice, "RI-i-ight!"
He's a Big Spending, "I Feel Your Pain" (Excepting that pain he inflicts), Caring, DEMOCRATIC True Believer who is cut from the same cloth as every other whining "Why do we want to send billions into space when we have problems right here in River City!" baloney spouting demagogue of the past half century.
He's a smarter, milder spoken version of Senator William Proxmire.
The Augustine Commission is meant to do one thing, the only thing it might possibly be able to accomplish in the ELEVEN WEEKS (!) given it: Provide the fig leaf of "Too Expensive, Too Dangerous, Too Many Problems Right Here On Earth" thus to make it politically safe to expediently Kill The Dream. It's parliament voting to Kill The Queen so Henry VIII can have a new wife.
End Of Story.
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