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Martha right now how big of a blow is this the NASA -- GO -- theoretical physics professor close of the new Science Channel series scifi science physics of the impossible.
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How do you react in the -- side.
I think this kind of got shot to people like you we have on the yanks aren't common -- the moon Mars four get about it NASA gonna get out of the astronaut program almost entirely.
You saw act one landing on the moon there's no act two.
You think this is good policy.
No I think it's not just cutting into the muscle and reaching the -- it's cutting off an arm cutting off filet.
You're talking about no -- placement for the space shuttle.
This means that the immediate benefactor who the Russians would -- be pleading with the Russians to get access to space until finally the private sector kicks in.
God knows when we're gonna talk about the private sector a moment that you would need to rely on the Russians for a decade right.
May be -- -- about the -- twenty point.
I am sure that substantial right because the -- rocket member we -- nine billion dollars on this new booster rocket and the Orion.
All out the window 4600.
Job to the space shuttle.
Out the window this is again I come back to my issue is is this good policy do you like to see this -- -- the private sector pick up where NASA left off.
Well all of us know that we have hard times of budget cuts all of us know that everyone is suffering but we thought.
-- be a downside to a slowing down slowing down to this -- -- and yes stretch it out.
Funny twenties artificial make -- when he -- -- 52030.
Now the whole thing is out the window -- -- -- our viewers what you might give you get this heavy lift rockets.
That one day could take humans and robots explore beyond the low earth orbit what's the what's -- heavy -- -- what we already have the Ares booster -- it's been tested already it was supposed to replace the space shuttle in five years and when he fifteen.
Out the window.
The -- module to go to the -- well that's out the window -- Mars program out the window and this is still a pie in the sky and we don't know what this heavy lift.
-- -- is gonna you can look like if I -- on the blueprint that's a good point how does this affect our ability as a country to be competitive.
With other nations around the world who are trying to do what we've done.
And and frankly we've got a pretty good head start when it -- to space them.
Right well it means that we're going to be at a disadvantage now we're all countries are hurting right now.
But the -- to have a flourishing booster rocket business because they have access to space they got a boost their racquets.
We're not gonna have a boost Iraqi into the next generation and when I was visiting them.
This is going to affect space program not just for one year two years it's for the next generation we're talking about a generational shift taking place.
With no act to what would you say to people say look man times are tough I -- you reference it yourself.
You know money is tough to come by.
But think of the fact that the stimulus money a lot of it -- projects to nowhere.
And just remember that one of the many is being wasted while with space we know that -- generates revenue it generates commerce communication.
This this transmission right now is compliments of satellite weather satellite space technology.
That is given America an edge over other countries one more point on this the International Space Station will have his life extended in all likelihood of your 20/20 perhaps even beyond that.
I would imagine with the improvements that have been made of the ISS that this is a good thing.
In principle only space station is okay but the space station to nowhere it isn't doing anything.
-- single rockets can do those and help -- with our ability to experiment to -- to -- and to live up there and understand how humans react to -- -- could be done within the rockets that are frankly it would cost a hundred billion dollars went into the International Space Station.
Merely as a gesture to other countries that could have cooperation united -- It's far -- -- value we get almost no scientific value from the space station if you if you could put a a module on the moon what what would that be a benefit.
Well in the long term is more than just putting a flag on the moon if you've already done that.
It means -- laying the ground work for act two that if the next phase of space exploration.
And there's not going to be enacted now because the private sector is not ready to pick up the space shuttle.
As Chris Gutierrez was described -- and space taxis.
There is money to be made in space the question is which company rule will emerge and we thought our country would we'll see -- the president -- on Monday found let's keep -- you cannot reminding folks like you and the folks at NASA can make you think you are a good luck with the serious too by the -- -- -- -- tremendous success there.
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