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12 Jul 2011, 11:09 am

What's next for NASA? Well, they have plans for a new heavy-lift system that could potentially put a base on the Moon, and start aiming for Obama's "pit stop" of a near-Earth asteroid on the way to Mars - except that Congress has mandated that various parts of any such system be built in specific congressional districts, with no regard to what the system requirements might be or who might be able to do the job best. Congress has reduced NASA to a federal jobs program, and thus virtually assured that it will never be able to accomplish its mission. (That's what happened to the shuttle program, too - Congressional micromanagement overrode the hard-won expertise of NASA's own engineers.)

Fortunately, SpaceX's Falcon 9 and Falcon X heavy-lift rockets are about ready to go, and a couple of other companies are approaching certification to lift astronauts at least as far as the ISS...

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