US Space program. Whats next?

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  • breakingcontact

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    I know the shuttle program wasn't supposed to last forever, but whats next?

    We have been riding with the Russians but that may end soon.

    Is private sector going to be able to do more than low Earth orbit?

    I think I read that the Apollo program cost up to 5% of GDP people year. Imagine if we spent that now.
     

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    Sucking up to the French I suppose unless Obama's ridiculous directive to promote Moslem participation in space pays off any time soon.
     

    Younggun

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    I would love to see the space program put back in full swing.

    That said, spending is so out of control I doubt we will do anything worth mentioning any time soon and suspect we will fall WAY behind in space exploration. It wasn't too long ago we were talking about a permanent station on the moon, now we don't even have our own car.
     

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    The only reason Government was in the Space Business in the first place was because of the NAZI V-1/2 Rockets and the Soviet era "Missile Gap."

    Leave space exploration up to private enterprise and it will bloom as passed on costs drop exponentially.
     

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    Possibly, but for the really cool stuff, where the profit is in knowledge and not monetary gain, I'm not sure how far private enterprise will go.


    I'm not so sure any companies would have funded landing a river on mars, or the voyager probes. International space station probably wouldn't exist either. But I could be wrong and hope I am.
     

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