Backstory: The Future of the Space Program

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, discusses the future of the U.S. space program now that the last shuttle mission is set to launch.


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Comments [3]

Jack of Corona from Corona, Queens NY

Why are we wasting all that money on space when there is so much to do here on earth? Uhm? Communication satellites? Weather satellites? Spy and resource monitoring satellites? Computers small and powerful? All of our miniature and light electronics? Intelligent artificial limbs? Computer implants to control bad heart? Present day medical equipment and techniques? Present day manufacturing? Google? Maps? My cell phone? My I Pod? Uhm? I wonder! What does this space stuff have to do with here on earth??? I wonder!

Jul. 07 2011 02:10 PM
Amy from Manhattan

NASA's website ( has a link to info on the benefits the space program has had for us on Earth.

Jul. 07 2011 01:43 PM
John from LES

And so America enters the era of unexceptionalism.......

Jul. 07 2011 01:28 PM

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