Why Humans Must Explore Space

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Have you ever stopped to consider what might happen in space exploration if the Koch Machine had money riding on it? Have you ever

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Those Adorable Money Saving Conservative Fools and the Incompetent POTUS

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A certain member of my family (name withheld to protect the guilty) had, at one time, a reputation of spending a dollar to save

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The Right Stuff v. The Wrong Stuff

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Under NASA’s very close direction, every manned U.S. spacecraft has been built by commercial companies. In fact, 83% of NASA’s budget goes to commercial entities. Depending on commercial companies is not new. That process has included strong NASA control, oversight and safety concerns. It is a procedure developed over many years and with great care. It has worked well. Change should be made with utmost caution and only if it brings some major advantage.

What is new is placing 100% confidence in smaller, less experienced companies if the Shuttles are retired, with no backup, for extremely complex missions. I am glad to see multi-company interest in commercial space development, but at this early stage of their experience they should be phased in only after they demonstrate a high degree of competency and reliability, particularly with regard to safety concerns.” …” John Glenn

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