Iffin' I stand on mah own patch of earth an' gaze east, on a clear day I can see the shuttle soar, separate an' whiz out into space.
Me an Uncle always do this--it never gits old, but now, it will be last.
They say it's about the budget, or the over-bloated NASA program, new directions or whatever.
Will outer space will be left now to the Russians an' the Chinese? Beyond the loss to our national identity as explorers/ pioneers, beyond our loss of jobs an' the technology that is derived from what we study in space, I is worriet fer our security.
Some years ago I read a report that claimed the Russians could microwave a single goat on hill in Switzerland-- from a satellite. An' mebbe thas' so...an' mebbe we can too. So....jes' wonderin' iffin' that do be so, doan we need to be above any satellites? ya know...jes' to hep them satellites an' their owners to play nicey nicey? Mebbe we have other methods? I wuz a fan of SDI.
What do y'all think? Is this an enormous, historic mistake? Miscalculation? Or, is it prudent at this point in our program? Our national debt? Or are we on to better space thangs anyhow? What do y'all think?