Policy: November 2015 Archives

Former NASA official: NASA must shed "socialist" approach to space exploration, Ars Technica

"NASA was a very symbol of capitalist ideals when we went to the Moon and beat the Russians," [Lori Garver] said. "Now what we're working with is more of a socialist plan for space exploration, which is just anathema to what this country should be doing. Don't try to compete with the private sector. Incentivize them by driving technologies that will be necessary for us as we explore further."

Keith's note: I have to admit I continue to be perplexed as to how Democrats (I am one BTW) - starting with the White House, you know, the party that does not really have problems with large government programs, is the prime mover behind commercial space efforts at NASA these days whereas the Republicans, the party that has always supported smaller government and more private sector activities, has been the prime force opposing NASA space commerce efforts and supporting - indeed mandating - a large, government-built rocket. Just sayin'.

Remarks by NASA Administrator Bolden to the Council on Foreign Relations 12 November 2015

"When I was the age of many of you, much was made about the fact that our country was in a "space race" with the Soviet Union. Today, a child who is 15 years old or younger has lived every day of her or his life while human beings from multiple countries are living and working together in space aboard the International Space Station. I maintain that the Space Station ought be considered for a Noble Peace Prize. Think about this: tens of thousands of people from across 15 countries have been involved in its construction and operations all working toward common goals of discovery, understanding, and human progress."

Keith's note:Comments (below) by James Van Laak are well worth reading when trying to understand how ISS got here - and where it came from i.e. Space Station Freedom.

Paris

Message from ESA Director General Jan Woerner About Paris Attacks

"Once again, it is the public and civil society that has the task of facing up to this situation and sending the terrorists and those who pull their strings a clear message of solidarity: all struggles for personal advantage are set aside as we stand united in defence of the notion of peaceful coexistence regardless of borders, nationality, religion and culture. ESA, on account of its international nature, serves as a positive role model in this."


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