February 02, 2010
Silver Linings in Space

Amidst the gloom of yet another big program cancel at NASA, there definitely seems to be more than a little bit of silver lining. This all sounds like stuff people outside the agency have been urging NASA to try for years, if not decades. Seems to me that, at least since the 1970s, NASA's most successful programs have been ones in which they do research nobody else thinks will go anywhere, or that'll be put in the public domain once the project's done. This seems to re-focus the manned space flight segment in that very direction.

Posted by scott at February 02, 2010 06:09 PM

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Augustine's report said "NASA can't both do Constellation and fulfill its other mandates at its current funding level". The intended interpretation was "NASA needs more money". Instead, they cancelled Constellation...

Posted by: DensityDuck on February 4, 2010 07:28 PM

That said, if it turns NASA from a Cold War, "Our way or the highway" agency into a "1920s 'we got airmail, you got planes?'" agency... well, I don't see it as a bad thing.

Posted by: Scott on February 4, 2010 08:36 PM
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