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    Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Should the United States always keep one shuttle mothballed but fully operational and updated until we have another way into orbit?
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    We shouldn't have stopped the program until we had a replacement in place.
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Should the United States always keep one shuttle mothballed but fully operational and updated until we have another way into orbit?
    Yes. IMO it was stupid to not have a new one out by now. Blame the Feds on that one for not giving enough money to NASA for that purpose.
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    I certainly have no inside info re the shuttle, but we typically didnt go from black to grey with aircraft until the aircraft was already obsolete and its replacement was already operational. I sure as hell hope thats the case with the space program, otherwise, the decommisioning of the entire shuttle fleet is just about the stupidest thing this president has done.

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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    I certainly have no inside info re the shuttle, but we typically didnt go from black to grey with aircraft until the aircraft was already obsolete and its replacement was already operational. I sure as hell hope thats the case with the space program, otherwise, the decommisioning of the entire shuttle fleet is just about the stupidest thing this president has done.
    The shuttles are already decommisioned and we are currently relying on Russia to get into space. From what I have heard Obama does not want NASA to build anymore. What he wants to do is make going into space an international deal...complete with covering the cost of building new space shuttles. While its not a bad idea in and of itself and I wouldn't mind something like it happening I consider not building one for ourselves to be highly stupid and irresponsible.
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    For seven years we didn't have Apollo and then the Shuttle came. That took nearly 4 years. The best plan is to just stop and force the next program instead of constantly looking in the past. The Shuttle was great but we need to move on.

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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Yes, we should not be reliant on other countries to get people into space.
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Mothballed perhaps

    But shutting down the shuttle program is a good idea. Private industry will now have the opportunity to develop a private space launch system. Especially as getting into space is rather routine in comparison to 40 years ago. Nasa should be focusing on the next step of space exploration, instead of hualing cargo to earth orbit
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    Mothballed perhaps

    But shutting down the shuttle program is a good idea. Private industry will now have the opportunity to develop a private space launch system. Especially as getting into space is rather routine in comparison to 40 years ago. Nasa should be focusing on the next step of space exploration, instead of hualing cargo to earth orbit
    Do you honestly believe that private companies are going to do what is good for this country? That private companies will be allowed by the government to put up satellites that are meant to be kept secret for national security reasons?

    There is nothing stopping private companies from making thier own versions/types of shuttles. They can do it right now. It does not mean that the government should not also invest in space flight.
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    Re: Leave one Space Shuttle Operational?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    The shuttles are already decommisioned and we are currently relying on Russia to get into space. From what I have heard Obama does not want NASA to build anymore. What he wants to do is make going into space an international deal...complete with covering the cost of building new space shuttles. While its not a bad idea in and of itself and I wouldn't mind something like it happening I consider not building one for ourselves to be highly stupid and irresponsible.
    It's not supposed to be the role of the government to tax individuals and/or future generations of individuals (i. e. children) to spend money on space vessels.

    That being said, the shuttle program was a monumental waste of money. Russia knew that when they built their Buran shuttle, which was more advanced than any US shuttle, and later scrapped it.

    The government should get out of space altogether. Let private individuals and organizations and/or Russia handle it. No more taxing people for space.
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