Shuttle Diplomacy

What with the Ukraine encroachment by Russia, followed by the diplomatic sanctions levied by the Unites States, our decision to scuttle the Shuttle is set in a stark new light.

The US built the International Space Station, and the Space Shuttle was the best operational vehicle for blasting humans into orbit (still is, by far).  Under the current administration, the Orion program was nixed along with the Shuttle fleet.  The old was tossed aside with the new!  A novel approach to be sure.

Presently, we have nothing available to ferry American astronauts to the orbiting platform we designed and assembled.

It’s amazing how the shortsightedness of some policies becomes blatantly manifest.

When a US crew needs to get into space, it now has to be on a Russian rocket.

With Vladimir Putin doing the countdown.

Incredible.

AND AN UPDATE:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10828964/Russia-to-ban-US-from-using-Space-Station-over-Ukraine-sanctions.html

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: