If you are in Washington DC, you saw one of the most amazing sites you could have seen. It was an absolute tragedy and a travesty.
What could be amazing and a tragedy and travesty all at once?
It was the final voyage of Discovery.
Discovery is the most traveled of all of the space shuttle fleet. Discovery was the third shuttle and became the oldest surviving shuttle after the loss of the two oldest shuttles, Challenger and Columbia.
The people of Washington got to see Discovery, piggybacked on a massive 747 carrier aircraft today as it was being transported to Dulles International Airport to be placed on display.
Discovery first flew in 1984, when America was at its greatest. Ronald Reagan was President. The Soviet Union was slowly collapsing and Americans saw our nation as the great shining city on the hill and we believed it was “Morning in America.”
Discovery was decommissioned during the administration of a President who is an anti-American Marxist and who wants to see America retreat from its greatness.
Discovery was old, as were all of the other shuttles. They should have been replaced. The light finally came on for the Bush administration late. They realized America needs a space program and Bush proposed the Constellation program and the Orion space program.
Obama killed the Constellation program and modified Orion so it is only an Earth orbiting vehicle, if it ever sees the light of day. Obama, who believes that is the mission of NASA to make sure Muslims feel good about science, ensuring that the United States, the nation that landed men on the moon, would no longer have a manned space flight capability.
Today, while we have spent billions on the International Space Station, the only way we can get there is for the Russians to give us a ride on the Soyuz Space Craft. Given our tenuous relations with Russia, the real question is how much longer will this ability last.
How long will it be before there is a blow up between Russia and the United States and Russia simply cuts us off from access to the International Space Station?
Russia has already announced plans for the ISS to be forced into a controlled reentry in 2020.
We paid for the damn thing. Who do they think they are?
Oh wait; they think they are the only nation that can deliver Americans to the ISS.
Allegedly Orion will be ready for manned space flight in 2020. Given the track record of government programs that is hard to believe they will have it on time and of course that assumes that Obama and the Party of Treason do not kill it in a second Obama term.
Discovery is now grounded. The once proud space ship is now simply a hollowed shell, on display to remind us that at one time America was a space faring nation. Meanwhile Russia and China are both working on manned flights to the moon.
If Obama has his way, Russia and China will go to the moon and America will go into obscurity.
We need to remember this as we go to the polls this fall.
obama has cut our space program.If you vote obama,you are an anti American worthless scumbag commie.Transparency right?About that fake live birth paper,show us all your real birth certificate Mr Transparency...How about your college records,show us those Mr Transparency...If you vote obama you hate America and have an IQ under 5.
Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel.
If you fail to vote against Odumbo "you hate America and have an IQ under 5."
You got that right tenfold!!!!!
From Huntsville? Perhaps you knew of Wah Chang towards Madison? One Several of our plants in the area, involved in this program. I speak briefly of it here...
Oh the words are ringing thru our heads...""Where there is no vision, the people perish"
Ronald Wilson Reagan sure understood that, didn't he, AND to his credit, so did John Fitzgerald Kennedy!!
I have to admit that I cried so hard when I heard that this was the last mission. Again I was thinking about the greatness of the past and those that made going into space a reality, the pain they must be feeling. How Awful! I can't stand the thought that this was the last flight ever. They should have made this one of those day's where they show people Morning, tears rolling down the faces and children holding onto a crying Mom while they ask, "Mommy, will I ever get to see that again? It was so cool and I'll bet that we could go farther than ever when I get older." Because that's what just happened here, our childrens future is NOW GONE! Thanks for NOTHING AT ALL OBAMA!! I am sorry but I am so ticked off right now that I can't even be reasonable.
We all feel your pain. But I know you're better that that. You know America is better than that. Remember, as much as we blame the criminals in our government, much of the blame rests on our shoulders. For decades we have become obsessed with acieving the American Dream. This isn't wrong because this is what our great Republic allows anyone willing to work to achieve it. However, we allowed the American Dream to become bastardized into "Keeping up with the Joneses", and we neglected our Duty to watch our government. Today we are paying the price for our selfishness.
You may find these two things comforting or inspirational. I'll leave it up to you.
ABO (Anybody But Obama) 2012
First, we heard from our son who is in DC--he said it was amazing and very sad at the same time--something he'll never forget.
Second, let's also not forget the words of NASA's Director, Charles Bolden:
Before I became the NASA administrator he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math. He wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.
Third, don't forget about the internal turmoil at NASA over "global warming":
49 former NASA scientists and astronauts sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden last week admonishing the agency for it’s role in advocating a high degree of certainty that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change while neglecting empirical evidence that calls the theory into question.
The group, which includes seven Apollo astronauts and two former directors of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, are dismayed over the failure of NASA, and specifically the Goddard Institute For Space Studies (GISS), to make an objective assessment of all available scientific data on climate change. They charge that NASA is relying too heavily on complex climate models that have proven scientifically inadequate in predicting climate only one or two decades in advance.
Don't forget about these last 2 items as well when we go to the polls in November--especially if you live in a community that has jobs (lost) related to NASA (as we do here in Cleveland at the NASA Glenn Research Center).
Excellent post. I live about one mile from Johnson Space Center - Mission Control, and around the corner from Mark Kelly (last shuttle commander). Thousands of jobs lost, thousands of already depressed value homes for sale! At times one could fire a cannon down the streets and not hit anything! How this putz can add over $4,000,000,000,000 to our debt, while essentially hobbling NASA, is beyond my anger threshhold!