Video courtesy of Fight for Space
While working on some other space-related stories I came across this video detailing the current plight of the U.S. space program. We at AmericaSpace have long stated that “leaders” within the U.S. government have failed us. Don’t think so?
- FAILURE – not properly funding the replacement for the space shuttle that you initiated.
- FAILURE – stating you support NASA – then work to cancel many NASA programs.
- FAILURE – threatening to fire anyone who approached you with plans to build Moon base.
- FAILURE – stating “I think we should send some politicians to the Moon…”
All of these statements are pretty much irrefutable as you can actually watch the “leaders” make these statements. This highlights the very sad state of affairs in terms of science and space exploration in this country. In terms of building the needed infrastructure we must have for the survival of our species, inspiring current generations to do it and being brave enough to support it – the United States is in serious trouble.
For supporters of the U.S. space program this video should serve as a rallying cry to fire (or never hire) those in Washington that simply don’t understand that space exploration isn’t about shiny rockets – it is about survival.
George W. Bush never properly supported the programs he initiated; Barack Obama pledged his support and then betrayed the space workers who voted for him. He has gone on to request that NASA’s planetary missions be cut by 20 percent. Mitt Romney has stated he would essentially fire anyone that would try to get the U.S. space program back on track. Representative Ron Paul has such a dim view of space exploration that he felt safe to make it the butt of his lame joke.
There have been a large number of videos like this one made recently and groups like #Penny4NASA and others are fighting against the actions and statements of our “leadership.” Will it matter? The public by-and-large think that the space program (and not the shuttle program) has been cancelled. This, however, is just the perception of the misinformed. If those who actually do understand the immense value that stems from human space flight don’t fight to turn the tide – the opinion of the misinformed might turn out to be prescient.