When NASA = NADA
I'm always pretty fed up with the space program. There is a lot of good work to do out there, work that could literally change lives. Hard to do it when you can't get your equipment to work.
NASA lost an Earth-observation satellite earlier today when the nose cone failed to separate. Not only is the over $400 million satellite and all the good work it could it have provided lost but it provides a sobering thought about the space program in general.
How reliable are our space faring vehicles if we can't competently get a simple satellite off the ground with supposedly proven technology? Thank God there wasn't an astronaut or six strapped to the dang thing.
It's all a reminder even simple low earth orbit travel is dangerous and will continue to be dangerous. As a country we need to be more committed to space and making it safer. Making it more accessible to private industry should be a major priority also.