Hey Space Placers!
With the last launch of a Space Shuttle a mere 5 days away, Time Magazine has a great article on NASA
I highly recommend reading it.
I have seen Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, amd now Space Shuttle all come and go. I was so excited to think we were going to go back to the Moon with the Constellation program. Perhaps the Moon will still be reachable although I think the Chinese will be the next humans to step on lunar regolith. Politics and economics have again doomed US manned lunar exploration, 30 years ago it was Vietnam and public apathy that killed Apollos 18, 19, 20. The Skylab program was born as a result which in turn was doomed by the delays in the Space Shuttle.
I think private industry will take care of LEO and ISS. I think going to an asteroid with the new manned spacecraft would be exciting and scientifically worthwhile. But I hope we do not give up on the Moon.
Sky Guy in VA
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