An editorial by the Desert News’ Editorial Editor, Jay Evensen titled, Imagination may be casualty of loss of space program, really caught our attention. For in his piece, Jay has a mea culpa,
"Five years ago, I wrote in favor of privatizing the space program, mainly because of costs. I was wrong.
The race to the moon never was a competition to see whether capitalism or communism was superior. The U.S. space program was just as dependent on the public treasury as was the Soviets’. It was, rather, a matter of pride and national security."
I’m not sure what the future of manned flight for this country is. I think we’re going to be losing a lot of prestige and be sort of considered as a second-rate space country, but that’s my opinion. – James Lovell