STEPHEN GREEN WRITES:
The Space Shuttle fleet? Grounded, I assume, maybe permanently. The International Space Station? I honestly don’t know. Can we keep it manned and supplied without the shuttle?
NASA has some serious questions to answer. As I see it, the big issue isn’t how today’s particular tragedy happened. Instead, we should ask why we’re still flying old trucks based on mostly on ’60s technology. I know budget cuts are part of the problem, but the bigger problem seems to be a lack of vision at our civilian space agency.
Give us a vision, and chances are we’ll give you your budget. Show us a real space-age space plane, and we’ll show you the money. Or maybe it’s our fault, for not having demanded more.
The Cold War started us into space. The current war couldn’t keep us from continuing to go. So we’ll bury our dead and move on. Sadder, wiser, more determined.