Source: The Atlantic
quote: There are some ways in which NASA can never compete with a commercial company. And Musk seems like you and me, a true space nut with passion. I feel that musk will put us back on the moon, and on mars, long before NASA will.
quote: and americans in general spend far more on unproductive things like beer, or cigarettes in a year than they do on the cutting-edge scientific endeavor of space exploration
quote: Just imagine if people would put the money they spend on things like sporting events towards space exploration, we would probably already be on Mars.
quote: Brandon as sad as it is, the Space Shuttle is a relic. Unreliable, and expensive.
quote: the Soviets, who know a thing or two about rocket design and space flight
quote: Actually, the Soviets relied more on dumb luck and a willingness to just strap whatever the hell they had handy
quote: Not that the space shuttle wasn't a phenomenal piece of engineering. If they were to try to design it today it wouldn't get done (which is why we don't have a replacement).
quote: ...almost nothing Nasa has spent in the past is being wasted.
quote: For those that still wish to reach beyond Earth's orbit, we can still look forward to NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) which will eventually take astronauts to Mars.
quote: In fact, the NASA spending bolsters the economy compared to the spending on wars, welfare, food aid to N. Korea, etc., which are just expenditures with no return.