Monday, January 09, 2006

US Space Program in Dire Straits

SpaceDaily.com is reporting NASA had no alternative to buying flights to the International Space Station from Russia. In fact, NASA officials admit as much in the story.

It's not a bad thing, buying flights from the Russians, but it is frightening to think the US Space Fleet is non-existent. In fact, it took a Presidential Order for NASA to have the authority to purchase such flights because Spaceflight was once considered a matter of national security.
Apparently that is no longer the case as the US shuttle fleet is still grounded, and parts of the program are on the verge of being permanently mothballed.

With the CEV still years away, Soyuz and Progress spacecraft will soon carry Russian and American astronauts. But maybe that's a good thing...

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