Sunday, May 23, 2010
Skipping the Moon is exactly the right call here, and on this I can't agree more. The Moon is a luxury that we cannot now afford, and with triage comes hard choices. But there is one major flaw with this plan; where are the rockets? Seriously, what rocket do we use to send our men into deep space? At least the capsule is still being developed, that is something. The Ares 1 should also be continued, at a minimum. And then there is the need for a heavy lift rocket to replace the shuttle (really to replace the Saturn V where the shuttle failed to do so.) No matter how much the "skip the Moon" concept agrees with me, I cannot get past the feeling that Obama basically prevented me from ever seeing real developments in manned space exploration before I turn 50, at which point the Moon landings will be about 60 years in the rear view mirror.