The Preacher wrote:When Bob Dole talked about the need for ethanol, I took it with a salt lick. Likewise, I take a measured reaction when a Florida congressman calls this a "serious threat to our national security." Because we can't reach a largely useless space station we are now in grave danger? Really? Are we now blocked out of key amoeba in space experiments? All I hear is "OMFGNASA9/11!!"Ironrod wrote:Does his political base negate what he said? We are going to be hitchhiking into orbit for at least five years. If Obama sends NASA back to the drawing board and takes away their budget, increase that to 10+ years...if they can come back at all.The Preacher wrote:Mortoned.Ironrod wrote:Indeed.Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., chairman of the subcommittee that oversees NASA and is elected by his NASA constituency, went further. "This is a very serious betrayal of American interests," he said later. "This will be the first time since Sputnik when the United States will not have a significant space superiority. I remain dumbfounded that we've allowed this serious threat to our national security to develop."
If informed citizens don't think that's a problem, then we are in some very deep doodoo.
I can't believe I'm sticking up for Bill Nelson to The Preacher. What has the world come to?
I think his point was that the United States not being a leader in the space race is a threat to our national security, not specifically the period of years where we won't be able to get to the space station.
Not being able to reach the space station is a symptom of our current lackluster performance in the space race.