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PWSP2 OPED - TIME - Manned SpaceFlight follies continue at NASA. Zip Locked Asteroid at L-5, WTF?

9 Apr 2013, 19:08 UTC
PWSP2  OPED - TIME - Manned SpaceFlight follies continue at NASA. Zip Locked Asteroid at L-5, WTF?
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"...Maybe Elon Musk will buy NASA someday and put human planetary spaceflight out of its misery...." - DRS

Asteroid in a Bag: NASA’s Long, Strange Trip

By Jeffrey KlugerApril 09, 2013

Want an example of brilliant engineering, nimble execution and the ability to do great—even...inspiring—things? Look to NASA.

2013 Mission Architecture Design 1.0

At any moment, a fleet of spacecraft—every one of them bearing the NASA logo and the stars and stripes—are ranging throughout the solar system, approaching, orbiting or roving across the surface of other worlds.

Want an example of aimlessness, misdirection and borderline preposterousness, abetted by a Congress and a White House that seem to have no flipping idea what they’re doing? You can look to NASA for that too. It all depends on whether you’re talking about the manned or unmanned space programs.

I won’t give away which is the joker in this two-card deck, but here are a few recent headlines produced by both sides of America’s space agency coin: “Curiosity Rover Lands Safely on Mars,” “Voyager Crossing Superhighway to Solar System Exit,” “NASA Plans to Put Asteroid in Giant Baggie, Drag it to Moon and Send Astronauts to Explore It—in 2021. Maybe.” OK, I ...

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