Posted 3 years ago on March 18, 2012, 9:11 p.m. EST by VamfimCreator
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The future of space flights and space exploration is uncertain today. State investment for NASA is being cut because of the deficit. As a result NASA is losing specialists and know-how accumulated for decades. The example of post-soviet Russia shows that once you loose your technostructure because of this or that reason, then it's twice harder to build a new one. (this logic was used when saving the financial sector)
Today's decisions for NASA are equivalent of exchanging your right hand with a piece of bread when you are very hungry. It may seem reasonable for the moment but what will you do after?
One can always ask: "What's the reason of flying to Mars when we have so many problems?" The answer is that an ambitious objective is often the best driver for science and technology regardless of rationality. Space exploration has opened the way for telecom, navigation technologies, medical, biological, material sciences. Whole areas of fundamental research in physics, astrophysics, physics of dark matter are based on data gathered by the single space telescope "Hubble".
America's status of a leader state was build on the values of freedom, including the freedom of mind. If we replace these values with the ones associated with brute military and economic dominance, this will lead to demoralization and a following decline.
Recall the huge mass of Hollywood films which are shown throughout the world and form the ideological base for America. What are they about? They are about the big country of freedom on which you can always rely. They are not about a state which you should hate and be afraid of.
America shall stay at the forefront of scientific advancement.
P.S. You could try to check out my new android game "VAMFIM" which speculates over the issue with NASA and the ARES program and tries to focus public attention on the problem.