Friday, April 29, 2005

Shuttle disaster continues as launch date pushed back again


The chronic nightmare of the U.S. space program rears it's head once again, as the Shuttle launch scheduled for May 22 is pushed back for nearly two months over concerns about the external tank among other issues.

To put it bluntly, the manned shuttle program needs to be discontinued now. The shuttle could be configured for remote operation to carry needed supplies and modules to that other white elephant, the International Space Station, but no human should ever again have to risk their life for it.

The sooner we return to a safe,reliable capsule based system, the better off we'll be. The long-term solution is likely a space elevator, but we're at least 20 years from a manned version.

New Scientist Breaking News - Shuttle launch date pushed back to July