Saturday, April 24, 2010
Blog #30 - What is NASA's future?
Here's a link to the text of his actual speech on April 15, 2010. In the speech, President Obama mentions Sputnik and the impact it had on the nation; President Eisenhower's creation of NASA and the increased spending on math and science in American schools, and then President Kennedy's challenge to put a man on the moon and bring him safely back.
All of these changes that he wants, he states, reflect the new world in which we live. We're no longer living in the Cold War in a space race; we live in an era of collaboration in which other nations (I'm reading between the lines here) should and can bear the cost of space exploration along with us. And, not stated, but surely understood by all, we don't have the unlimited spending resources like the country did during the Cold War.
He also outlines more positive changes that aren't listed in the article that I'd discussed above.
If you want to watch the president's speech in HD, check it out. http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/hd/spaceconf_hd.html
1. What do you think the future of the American space program should be? Should we continue with a limited budget like we President Obama has outlined? Or should NASA have more funding to continue on a more ambitious program (see the 5 reasons to explore space below from SA)? Why?
- Is there another alternative besides these two options? If so, what and why is it better?
200 words minimum, due Monday, April 26.
For further reading:
Here's an article by Scientific American about the race back to the moon by other nations: it's called "Moon Lust: Will International Competition or Cooperation Return Humans Back to the Moon?"
Another article on Scientific American lists the five essential goals for exploring the solar system. Check it out to help you write your response. This is probably the best resource I found (and you may find more out there) to argue for the continuation of NASA.