Why have neither of the current presidential nominees-designate even mentioned the pitiful state of the United States manned space program?

Aerospace is one of the few real hardware industries we have left. It is a source of high-tech, high-paying jobs that boosts the overall technical capabilities of the nation, encourages pure research, engineering, and educational excellence. Yet it has been allowed to wither on the vine while the current administration buys expensive and easily revoked seats for U.S. astronauts on obsolete Russian spacecraft.

The public should demand to know what the candidates intend to do to correct this tragic abandonment of America’s long-standing leadership in manned spaceflight. It is time for new American rockets, spacecraft, and a goal-oriented return to the moon. The current smoke-and-mirrors effort is a pathetic sideshow, without enough funding or hardware to even man-rate the Space Launching System or the Orion spacecraft. If this is not corrected, and soon, the next generation of Americans will have no choice but to continue to play around in earth orbit, the tide pool of what President Kennedy once called the “New Sea” of space.

Edward C. Dempsey

Middletown

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elmerchismo1

Don't worry. Captain Video and Space Force will soon be on the job.

bizness

Space exploration has essentially been privatized. Expect sub orbital tourism soon

gary4books

There is no doubt tht the space program we expected when we landed on the Moon has not happened. But NASA does the best it can with wht Congress will let it have and we have had some very important advances. Slow and steady has its virtues. We will have our own way for people to get into space, It wa just less expensive to let the Russians sell us rides. It kept their space program going and their scientist from moving to China.

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