Wednesday, August 03, 2005

"From Giant Leaps to Baby Steps"

Gene Krantz wrote an interesting op-ed piece which the New York Times has up today on their web site. Among the best is this quote:

"Does the "quit now" crowd really believe that abandoning the shuttle and International Space Station is the way to keep America the pre-eminent space-faring nation?"

I totally agree with his point. How are we to explore space if we aren't willing to take a few risks. Cortez, Columbus, Magellan, et al. loaded their ships for bear to explore the world with no guarantee of ever coming back. Robert Falcon Scott explored the Antarctic not even knowing that the resources he brought with him would allow him to survive. I think that it's in mankind's inner core to explore the unknown...why aren't we trying harder now?

* Krantz is well known as the man who told his team that "Failure is not an option..." when telling his White Team to get the Apollo 13 astronauts back alive, and was a NASA Flight Director for most of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, plus some of the early shuttle missions.


Blogger Midnite Raven said...

It's good to see that visionaries from the height of the space age voice their riled up feelings in a classy letter to the editor. I can attempt to imagine his frustration as he was witness to many feats of greatness during his NASA tenure to see the effect of bureaucracy now.

August 04, 2005 8:49 AM  

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