So, this happened yesterday:
They’re calling that an “anomaly”. That folks, is complete failure. There was a $200,000,000 #Facebook satellite on that rocket. I’m sure the rocket itself was rather expensive as well.
Thank God it wasn’t the planned manned mission of next year.
We are still obviously not ready for manned missions.
Obama will be the first president to leave office without the ability to put a man in space since John F. Kennedy over fifty years ago. The decision to end the Shuttle program may have been made before he was elected, but he killed off the replacement plan with no plan B. Starting the private sector essentially from scratch AFTER ending the Shuttle program was stupid. Nothing else but stupid. Paying the Russians millions to get to a station we paid the heaviest burden of building was a stupid plan from the get-go. Putting a man in charge of NASA who thinks stroking young Muslims egos and promoting global warming propaganda is more important than actual space travel just showed the contempt Obama has had for science in general his entire presidency. The entire science community gladly jumping under the Obama bus is even more disappointing. They still see Republicans every time Obama cuts NASA’s funding. With this political climate, and the complete sell-out of the astronomy sector, we can’t even put a big satellite in space reliably. If Clinton gets elected, it’ll be my kids’ generation before they even have a chance to enjoy the thrill of watching a heavy-lifter sending a crew into space.
It was her “overcharged” bribe to the Russians to get them to play nice. It didn’t work. They invaded a couple of countries, we tucked tail and ran, and still give them millions every year to send our people to our mostly-funded space station. To think she’d suddenly change course as President is wishful thinking that hasn’t worked with Obama.
Obama, Biden, Bolden, and Clinton are the reason we’re watching huge fireballs instead of crews safely going to the Space Station and beyond. Period.