John Logsdon, writing at Space News, has a profound and truly excellent guest blog. The crux: Apollo was great, but can we put it behind us?
Among the highlights:
The administration’s incoherent defense of NASA’s current vision…whatever it is. You could go on to say this has been exasperated most recently by the Administrator’s comments as addressed here and elsewhere.
Apollo–it was to beat the Russians to the Moon and was not a vision for space exploration. Holding on the stunt-mentality of the Apollo era (“let’s see Ivan try and do that!”) is a stumbling block to doing more–that’s of more value–in space.
Milestones are needed. Without these, there is little urgency. Likewise, without them, funding will tend to slide to the right and that means tomorrow never comes.
Great work by Dr. Logsdon!!