…America. The failed Granholm model, that Obama wants to emulate.
Plus, when it comes to transportation, the US is not China.
I remember very well the Apollo I fire and the loss of Grissom, Chafee and White. It was the day before my birthday, and it was a shock to the nation. But it was different than the later losses of Challenger (a quarter of a century ago tomorrow) and Columbia (seven years on Monday), because they were Cold-War warriors, and, unlike today’s human spaceflight program, what they were doing was important to the nation. So instead of shutting things down for years, as we did with the Shuttle each time, they overhauled the management at the contractor (even though it was really NASA’s fault) and a little less than two years later, we had sent men around the moon, and won the space race.
…from Carolyn Glick.
A long but interesting essay, by Kevin Williamson.
No, Jim, Barack Obama did not “cut NASA funding” last year. He proposed an increase, none of which went to “Muslim outreach.”
I’m going up to Mojave for a reusable vehicle licensing workshop. I may not have bandwidth.
Even without hearing the president’s speech tonight, as a space policy analyst, whenever I hear about a “Sputnik moment” from a politician, I shudder, because I can be almost certain that it will have nothing whatsoever to do with Sputnik, let alone space policy. It will likely be guaranteed to be a foolish and false analogy, just like “…if we can land a man on the moon, why can’t we…”.
Sputnik (like Apollo) was a unique event in American (and perhaps even human) history. It was the heart of the Cold War. We were in an existential battle with an enemy (the Soviet Union) about the capability to bombard each other with nuclear weapons. Both adversaries were developing rockets, with help from captured Germans from the recent world war. We got the cream of the crop, because Von Braun had decided that he had better prospects to pursue his dreams of planetary exploration by humans with the American ideals, and had consciously escaped to the west with his hand-picked team. He was ever the pragmatist with his ambitions (including his looking the other way at Dora and other Nazi work/death camps that supported his rocket program during the war).
But of course, the president’s speech had nothing to do with that. It was about…other things…that have nothing to do with Sputnik, in either analogy or reality.
Sputnik was about pure, raw, technological skill, in an area in which we felt vulnerable at the time.
It had nothing to do with what made America exceptional.
Look, if the president wants to talk about space, then I’m all in favor of it. But, given his political proclivities, I’m glad he doesn’t. Let’s just not talk about what a “Sputnik moment” it was.
An interesting discussion. I agree with the commenters, like Eric Raymond, that there seems to be a confusion between conservative and libertarian.
At least three justices from the SCOTUS won’t be showing up at the prom tonight. Good. Hard to blame them, after the lying lecture last year by the president.
…doubles down on defending the indefensible Frances Fox Piven. There may be more worthless and socially harmful fields of study than sociology, but there can’t be many.
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