So quite a few people seem to be upset over the fact that President Obama wants to cancel NASA’s plans for manned missions into space. This means that any plans to go back to the moon, or to hit up mars, are going to be shelved. Now, most of you know my political leanings (if you’ve read this blog at all), and you may be as shocked as I am to hear this, but I actually agree with Obama on this one.
“It means that essentially the US has decided that they’re not going to be a significant player in human space flight for the foreseeable future”
That’s a quote from the Guardian‘s article about the fight to keep NASA’s mission alive.
So, explain to me why exactly it’s a bad thing that the US is not a player in human space flight.
As much as I love the idea of NASA, spaceflight, and going to other planets, the reality is that I don’t see the value in it, especially at this point in time. Why do we need to go back to the moon? What’s the point of trying to send someone to Mars, other than to simply say we’ve been? Even in NASA’s glory days, it was mainly there to make sure the Russians were behind the curve instead of leading it.
I think one of NASA’s biggest problems is that they consistently drain taxpayer money while having very little to show for it. They want to go to the Moon again? Okay…. Why? What’s the point? Make a case for spending billions of dollars to get back to the Moon. The reality is, I haven’t heard a case like that made, ever, outside of ‘Because we can’, or ‘What if the world ends?’
I think Obama has the right idea on this one. Let’s let private companies work on space travel. Let them send people into space, to the moon, etc. I can promise you this much: If private companies do send people into space and to the Moon, they’ve got a damn good reason to do, and they know exactly what their returns will be.
Anyways, those are just my thoughts. What do you think? Am I completely off base here? Should NASA be trying to go to the Moon again? Let me know why!
Oh, one other thing…
I heard someone complain that by cutting the space program back, astronauts and scientists will lose their jobs, whatever shall they do? This is such a hypocritical viewpoint; if anyone ever proposed to eliminate the IRS, these same people would cheer, out-of-work accountants be damned.