2008-06-20 01:20:51 UTC
reasons for the demise of the space ng's seem to keep
coming up. Of course, most simply blame it on the kooks
or various others that are rude or disagree with the
party line. Or people like me that qualify on all those
But I think most know the truth, which I
believe to be....
The day the Vision was announced, was the day
....'the music died'.
And with it these ngs died also.
To quote Len....
"That is why some of us have suggested that one of the best
things that government might do is to guarantee markets:
"If you will build it, we will come."
"I don't really recommend funding the dumping of a bunch of raw
material in orbit. It should definitely have some value and
usefulness. However, its main usefulness may be as a demonstration
that CATS is possible. Once CATS is shown to be possible, then
a lot of applications become possible -- including SDI; manned
planetary missions; space solar power stations..."
All that died when President Bush canceled the Space Solar Power
program and replaced it with the Vision.
With the death of SSP, so died the idea of spaceports (remember those?).
And so died govt payloads jump starting commercial launch industry
and bringing cheap access.
NASA itself is dying with the Vision. As anyone with a whit of political
sense knows such a wasteful and useless make-work program
designed only to benefit large contractors and missile defense
is doomed in a high deficit recession environment.
Such a corrupt goal as the Vision is doomed under any circumstances.
Blame others if you like for the demise of these ng's or of NASA, but
the truth lies within.
And if the Vision is dropped...what then becomes of NASA?
It's time to Dream Again, and go back to the future.
And insist NASA returns to the goals established
before President Bush ...Laid Waste...to our space future.
Space Solar Power (SERT) was the source of all those dreams.
Govt payloads driving commercial launches, providing needs for
spaceports, then cheap access and the sky becomes the limit.
I'm not leaving these ng's until that dream becomes reality
once again. If I have to I intend to will it back into existence
myself with endless rhetoric, browbeating, shaming, flaming
guilt-trips or whatever it takes to build a new consensus
that SSP is the path to a better future.
A goal that solves two greatest threats to this planet.
Energy shortages and global warming.
While securing American prosperity and independence
for the rest of the century by becoming the next
energy 'Saudi Arabia'.
A goal specifically designed to be....popular...
with EVERYONE. From the greenies to the
military to the greedy. Everyone outside the
Middle East that is....
ALL THAT is within our grasp....RIGHT NOW.
Nothing less than saving the planet from itself
while creating a shining future for America.
With a drifting NASA, a new idealistic administration, and the
onset of peak oil and global warming, the time to focus, agree
and press for a new goal is NOW.
Not next year, not next decade NOW DAMMIT!
Call me a kook if you like, but I think ...your heroes
would agree with me. There's one thing about reality
most seem to forget. If enough people holler about something
it can happen.
A few determined people can 'Save/change the World'
...all we have to do is /want it/ badly enough.
Am I asking too much?
What's perhaps the most timeless question of all?
How can an old man be reborn again?
The Bone that has no marrow;
What ultimate for that?
It is not fit for table,
For beggar, or for cat.
A bone has obligations,
A being has the same;
A marrowless assembly
Is culpabler than shame.
But how shall finished creatures
A function fresh obtain?-
Old Nicodemus' phantom
Confronting us again!
A worthy 'cause' is the answer.
I'll never grow old.
Poetic Guilt-trip by E Dickinson