Saturday, September 17, 2005

Back to the Future

NASA unveiled an idea that they've been kicking around to maximize crew safety while still getting The Big Jobs Done. It's not a bad idea, on its face.

1. Send the crew up separately, in an Apollo-style command module that can re-enter safely (be fair, the Apollo program never had a re-entry accident).
2. Send the cargo/station/payload/etc. up separately, in a heavy-lift booster.

Sounds neat, but NASA's planning on using old materials to do it. Digging deep into the back of that old closet or disused spare bedroom and dredging up old capsules and Saturn V F-1 engines.

When I read this, NASA immedaitely sprang up as runners-up for the Punk of the Week Award, but I backed off, realizing that they're doing the best they can with the limited funds that the Congres deigns to give them. Funds that are soon to be cut back further since Dear Leader opts to not raise taxes.

The leadership in space will go to the Chinese.


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