In case you needed a reminder, two bits of news came out last week reminding us all of how ridiculous the
program embarrassment is.
This news is from
The Russian space agency is looking for a few volunteers to take a trip into “space.” The space agency wants to send five people on a mock trip to Mars and back to test how a real mission would affect the crew’s health, All Headline News online daily reports.
This is from
has planned an ambitious lunar base project, which it plans to build by 2030. Japan
Junichiro Kawaguchi, the head of
’s lunar and planetary exploration programme, said at a lunar exploration symposium in Japan this week that a deadline of 2020 had been set for sending astronauts to the moon and 2030 for constructing the base. Tokyo
Meanwhile, this is what NASA is up to:
NASA scientists have joined the search for the elusive ivory-billed woodpecker, long thought to be extinct but possibly sighted recently in
NASA used a laser-equipped research aircraft to fly over the Big Woods area of the Mississippi Delta to learn more about the big woodpecker's potential habitat, the
space agency said Thursday. U.S.
Keep up the good work guys.
The most pathetic aspect of these three stories is that
In all honesty, NASA does have some good accomplishments under its belt. NASA is good when it comes to orbiters, Mars rovers, and space telescopes. Their problem is manned space exploration. It has been 45 years since the
Don’t laugh. Even if some of my suggestions seem outrageous, the fact is that we are far behind where we should be.
There are a couple of ways to address the NASA achievement deficit:
Increase Government Spending
Anyone that knows me knows I hate government spending more than I hate Satan. However, some projects have legitimate arguments for large amounts of government spending. Space flight is the prime example in my opinion. For the time being, space flight is no profitable. As a result, businesses are reluctant to invest in space travel and exploration. The federal government should increase spending either through government grants (I can’t believe I just said that) or through tax cuts/credits.
Privatize Space Flight
In conjunction with increased spending, deregulating space flight would do a great deal to spur innovation. God knows what type of loopholes exist for entrepreneurs trying to get into space. The government should do its best to stop holding back ambitious people, because as usual they are just getting in the way.
The biggest benefit of deregulation would be to increase competition in a field that is currently a monopoly. In fact, the space monopoly by the
To my knowledge, only one private craft has been launched into space. For a fraction of the NASA’s $15 billion budget, Mike Melvill was able to fly to space and return safely. You can read about it here, but the point is that if there were more competition, money would be used more wisely.Stumble It!