Recent article in Bloomberg,
Obama Moves to Counter China With Pentagon-NASA Link suggests that because of China’s space ambition they are catching up to the U.S. and the military needs to be involved with NASA to speed development of space vehicles.
Check this line:
“If China puts a man on the moon, that in itself isn’t necessarily a threat to the U.S.,” said Dean Cheng, a senior Asia analyst with CNA Corp., an Alexandria, Virginia-based national-security research firm. “But it would suggest that China had reached a level of proficiency in space comparable to that of the United States.”
Hmmm. So if China sends a man to the moon (matching an achievement NASA managed in 1969) then they “reached a level of proficiency in space comparable to that of the United States?” Seriously? Are they suggesting that NASA has not advanced the science and technology of space exploration and travel in the last 40 years? Appalling.
I have to agree with Obama on this one. NASA needs a kick in the ass even more than it needs funding. Hopefully they are paired with the U.S. Marines. Maybe that would get them motivated to aggressively move ahead.