July 8, 2011 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons
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Another fine picture of America’s legacy; but, you did forget the Black Hole of job creation.
Keep up the good work.
and this bozo thinks that raising a billion dollars is gonna get him reelected? Fat chance.
Sure. Try and ask this or the last several Congresses that you want to increase funding for NASA or maintain its current spending levels. See how far that gets ya.
Dear Mr Ariail,
Is it your contention that the Obama administration’s objective to condemn Nasa to the junk heap of history along side the Soviet Union and the Cold War? I would think that the hand was played prior to this president taking the oath of office. NASA itself knew that thew shuttle program was limited due to design and budget constraints. This combined with the cost of two wars sealed the fate that now confronts the space agency. I remember when the costs of the Vietnam war made budget cuts to the NASA budget in the 1970’s.
The point is that the Obama administrations hands are tied by circumstances. Your cartoon is good and makes for a great graphic image. Unfortunately it can be interpreted by those who do not have a complete grasp of the history leading to todays reality. So now we enter the era of private enterprise conducting space endeavors.We shall see what comes of this. I guess the Pan AM shuttle will not be taking us to the Space Station.
Sincerely, Means Johnston III
For Robert Arial to conflate the end of the Shuttle program with the end of US leadership in space and to place the blame on President Obama gets the facts wrong: it was President Bush who announced the end of the Shuttle program on April 1, 2005. President Obama proposed the cancellation of the successor to the Shuttle program, the Constellation program; but in convoluted Washington fashion, that program’s full cancellation is, by statute, actually up to congress. I am no fan of President Obama, but that is no reason to ignore the distortion of facts as depicted by Mr. Arial’s cartoon.
Jay, that Obama has proposed the cancellation of the Shuttle’s successor is exactly why I drew this cartoon. President Obama pays lip service to continued space exploration, but wants to eliminate the means to actually do it. At least Bush wanted us to continue being the leader in space.
I want to throttle the next guy that blames the cancellation of NASA’s Constellation program on Obama!
I heard the same comment from a person on the bus when I returned back from viewing the launch of Atlantis at the NASA Causeway on July 8, 2011. “The next Republican president will restart the space system in 4 to 8 years.”
It was a Democrat, Kennedy, that launched US on our “glory years”. It was a Republican, Nixon, that crippled NASA’s next launch vehicle; glorious, bold, and as complex as the Space Shuttle may be.
Constellation would not have been in this pickle if President Bush had fully funded the Constellation program! He did not lobby Congress to fund the successor to the Space Shuttle program. Instead, because of the underfunding, Constellation was woefully behind schedule and perversely enough due to underfunding, over budget!
Bush followed the recommendations of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board to either recertify the Space Shuttle fleet, or to retire the program. Recertification of the Space Shuttle fleet would require stripping the Space Shuttles back to their airframe to certify that there was no metal fatigue.
Obviously, recertification of the Space Shuttle fleet would have been a costly process.
Funny cartoon for Obama bashing laughs, but not accurate.
The “red meat” Republicans should be cheering Obama for embracing private enterprise.
However, nothing in the past, and I predict in the near future, will match the capabilities of the Space Shuttle. Sure, the Space Shuttle can haul stuff up into space; but she can also bring it back home to Earth. Russia’s Progress, ESA’s ATV, and JAXA’s HTV can bring stuff up to ISS. But they are designed to burn up on reentry to Earth’s atmosphere.
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