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Sticks
2005-Aug-19, 08:29 AM
As reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4163908.stm)

I would be inclind to say, Shuttle grounded forever

As I said elsewhere the knives are our for personned space flight, and this time it looks like they are in the ascendancy. :o

Launch window
2005-Aug-19, 09:59 AM
so we must wait 'till spring of 2006

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2005-Aug-19, 10:52 AM
Sticks...with respect the USA isn't the only show in town...there's Russia/China and the beginnings of private spaceflight...it ain't over by a long shot...

the USA has simply ceased being the preiminent space power...it's the end of the shuttle for sure...not the end of humans going into space

maybe the USA can hitch a ride with China... :roll:

Sticks
2005-Aug-19, 11:15 AM
But the others were doing it beacause the US was doing it

Now the US have effectively pulled out, politicians in those other countries might start questioning there spending priorities in light of the new strategic position.

frogesque
2005-Aug-19, 11:22 AM
Shuttle/ISS has been a money pit with not a lot to show for it. It hasn't lived up to expectations so maybe it's time to move on. The US has had spectacular successes, historically with Apollo and more recently with Cassini, Opportunity and Spirit to name a few. Hubble has also been a tremendous research tool as well as a superb photograhpic window on the universe. Cancelling the Shuttle programme would not be a disaster but could free up funding for other endevours like a new Moon shot or Mars mission.

For the US taxpayer I think you have to look at what return you are getting for your $$. In Shuttle's case not a lot and even the worldwide prestige it initially bought is begining to loose it's shine. The trick will be in keeping funds earmarked for the program within a space R&D environment when there are loud voices canvassing more domestic issues.

Blind adherance to an outdated and unreliable concept doesn't make a success. Sometimes a review, however painfull, is the best way forward.

banquo's_bumble_puppy
2005-Aug-19, 11:24 AM
I don't think so...I think that China is doing it for military purposes and they are in a period of expansion/growth. If anything China's expansion into space may cause a new space race that will cause the USA to get back in the game. Russia is questionable (lack of $$$)...you might see them take over ISS once the USA backs out of it....

NEOWatcher
2005-Aug-19, 11:48 AM
As reported on the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/4163908.stm)

I would be inclind to say, Shuttle grounded forever

As I said elsewhere the knives are our for personned space flight, and this time it looks like they are in the ascendancy. :o

Hey, now wait just one cotton picking minute... you stepped on my thread. (http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=23772) Ouch. :wink: :P