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We've always had issues with our budget we've always had financial issues but we've always had the ability to continue to do big things.
And that should not constrain us I just seeing the result program him.
I'm glad this I was coming here -- People fifty years from now a hundred years from now -- -- -- the days persona and see the real.
Well this is the -- over Washington DC today.
27 years of service the shuttle discovery flying back to.
Dulles airport in a permanent display at the Smithsonian air and space museum annex there ending it's life.
Lot of people were out about looking at it was quite a -- over the nation's capital today.
What does it mean what does it isn't a metaphor for the end of manned space flight in the US we're back with the panel Charles.
When releases its at least a temporary and I I caught a glimpse of it it was a profoundly exciting but also profoundly sad moment I mean after -- -- is -- a better symbol of will do and delivered American decline.
And the fact that we're watching.
This spacecraft and we're thrilled but in fact.
Is headed to his death to an -- to -- -- involvement.
Like the Lenin and Red Square this is not a a ship that's gonna go look in the arrogant and so I coincide so -- ten years ago and most thrilling events I've ever seen.
-- three miles away for safety.
And -- sound and the but -- operation hits you after 22.
What what what I think is that is the the point it's so depressing here.
Is that we weren't so far ahead in space in the shuttle itself was probably.
Not the best machine was okay for its time but it was -- efficient and dangerous.
The problem is not the cancellation.
It's the fact that we canceled the follow up and we now have to -- the Russians as a way to get into space we -- -- the Russians in the dust.
Ten years you know in the race to the moon Obama speaks of America and not doing great things -- the manned space program was a great accomplishment and it's now in decline and disintegrating.
He spends his money on the windmill is analogy but he drains out of panache and what's happening is this high tech stuff.
All of these scientists are leaving they're leaving space ending up and other places.
It will take decades to reconstitute it's a very sad ending thrilling as it was to see in the air today.
Maybe there was.
A live report on affiliate here covering this today and this is what.
What they said talking to a little child who is dressed up as a -- not -- do you wanna be in Nationale when you grow up just say yes and reporters -- -- you know what we have a real live astronaut right over here come on over this is doctor Anna Fisher she actually.
Flew on discovery and needed any advice for -- then and expiring astronaut she said study Russian.
Everyone laughed and then the reporter -- -- Russian or perhaps Chinese but -- you can see here here's some sadness and some of these people's voices.
I am I agreeing with what Charles saying but I think that this is a relic from another time it was over forty years only 210 million dollars that's chicken scratch now.
It would never have been started in this political climate in this fiscal reality.
We can no longer afford to dominate and something like -- in space exploration.
And and and it is true Charles is right this was supposed to shuttle program is for us to leave the land that -- Two more visits and the moon and to Mars there is no next -- there's no path to Mars.
-- I agree with AB and and I understand why -- was saddened today.
But like Landon in Red Square there will be other iterations.
-- manned space flight they just won't be from the government.
I think we're seeing about a shift right now unnecessary shift in my -- -- you're talking about the fact that we have the kind of deficits that we have we have the -- that we have yes it's just a fraction of the that what you're talking about programs that may have once -- what's been worthwhile no longer being able to be paid for by the taxpayers by borrowing from the Chinese to to fund these kinds of projects.
And I think we're seeing a shift from the private sector that started several years ago and will continue I think -- pace.
In the future to a on -- terms I know and they're -- wrong.
Another -- will be humans in space that for the next two decades -- going to be Russians and the Chinese will be on the moon walking in the footprints that.
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