All children have an innate interest in science and the world around them. But for many children, that interest hits roadblocks along an academic system that is still not blind to gender or color.
The problem with Constellation was that success was not one of the possible outcomes.
My worry will be that the Chinese will land on an asteroid and scare the hell out of us, as they could do relatively soon if they decide to do it. Maybe if they’re smart they won’t do it, because it probably will wake us up like Sputnik did.
I remain optimistic about the future of man in space. The potential is, quite literally, unlimited. The physics isn’t changing. Relevant technologies continue to improve. NASA’s budget has a better chance of contributing to the advancement of spacefaring when it isn’t shoveled into doomed and redundant work.
Bolden also told reporters that while Obama’s proposal would not see U.S. astronauts leave low Earth orbit for “the next couple of decades,” the president’s approach would allow NASA to develop “game-changing” technologies with the help of international partners that could hasten NASA’s ambition to explore the solar system.
“I think [the White House] made two tactical mistakes that gave everybody the wrong impression. The first one is that the president didn’t set what the goal is, and everybody knows the goal and that’s to go to Mars.
“The second mistake was that they said they are canceling the Constellation program. That sounds like they were canceling the manned (spaceflight) program, when in the same breath he said we’re doing the research and development for a heavy lift vehicle, and they were putting all their eggs in the same basket of getting to the space station with the commercial boys.”
So it could be said that rockets really run on dreams.
NASA’s allocation, on average, was estimated to be approximately 24% of the national budget (the NASA allocation in 2007 was approximately 0.58% of the budget.)