Friday, August 15, 2008
NASA Faces New Worries -- War in Georgia (the Country)
NASA is slated to ground its space shuttles for good in 2010 while it builds a more modern transportation system.
The bad news is NASA was negotiating with the Russians to handle the transportation load until 2015 when our new systems went operational. That might not happen now that the U.S. is backing Georgia in its little spat with the Russians.
This is the cost of doing business in a global economy. The dream was that once our economies were tied together we'd never had reason -- or ability -- to fight with each other.
Never underestimate the power of human ingenuity.
The U.S. Senate is balking at the idea of doing a big $100 million deal with a government we're actively opposing in a military conflict, as if science and the military ever have gone together.
And it's not just bad news for those of us who think the International Space Station is an important tool for innovation, it's bad for anyone involved in innovation. Nothing is done locally anymore. We spend time interactive with people from around the globe, and the less that happens, the less we'll have the free flow of ideas.
More importantly, though, a return to cold Russian relations means it's less likely that you'll have the next Tetris.
By Brad at 09:09 PM | Comments (0)