- Jul 22, 2007
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Report: Drunken astronauts allowed on shuttle - CNN.com
Just the latest farce with the space shuttle.
Time to abandon this space station
Time to abandon this space station/shuttle white elephant and the inebriated fellows that fly it.
Huh? It was the astronauts who were drunk, not the space shuttle.
Huh? What does the space station have to do with this? What the hell did it do wrong?
Right. Because abandoning billions of dollars in communications, science, military and weather satellites makes way more sense than mandatory sobriety tests. What do you think the astronauts go up into space for, to play "Grand Theft Auto"?
The space shuttle is cutting edge 1960s technology. :lol: The "International Space Station" is a money draining farce. What good has ever come from it?
Uh, you do know that the space station won't be completed until 2010, and won't come into operation until 2016, right? It seems a little premature to criticize the productivity of something that isn't even finished being built.
30 years? The ISS project was announced in -93 if I remember right and first module was put into space in 1998. I think you are talking about Space Station Freedom, which was the USA-only space station project announced in early 80's and which eventually didn't turn into anything and the remnants of which made it into part of the ISS project. The time would match then. Then I guess it just becomes the question of if you concider ISS and Freedom to be two different things or not.
FREEDOM: US roots of the ISS (1969-1992)
In 1972, Nixon administration approved the development of the reusable Space Shuttle as a main direction for the US manned space program. The Space Shuttle was envisioned as a cheap and reliable transportation system between Earth and low orbit. For NASA it meant the Space Shuttle would launch and service a space station -- the next "logical step" in the human exploration of space. However these dreams were stalled for years by the difficult birth of the Space Shuttle. Finally in 1984, President Reagan gave official green light to the ambitious project, which envisioned permanently manned space station by 1991.