The Future Of NASA

American Voicespatriotismdeathspace ISSUE 39•05 Feb 12, 2003

In the wake of the Columbia tragedy, many are questioning the wisdom and necessity of NASA's manned-space-flight program. What do you think?

  • “Those astronauts did not die in vain. They gave their lives so that mankind could have cool footage of people floating upside-down in fully automated capsules.”

    Maria Fortis –
    Librarian

  • “Imagine all the good that could be done if we took those billions of dollars we're spending on NASA and gave it to the military.”

    Kenneth King –
    Systems Analyst

  • “The space program should be scrapped. Fourteen deaths in 20 years? Imagine seeing those kinds of statistics in, say, the trucking industry.”

    Bill Kuntz –
    Auto Mechanic

  • “If man were meant to fly in outer space, God would have given him a brain capable of figuring out the mathematics and physics necessary to do so.”

    Sheryl Auburn –
    Homemaker

  • “Don't you think Bush is taking this whole wanting-to-be-Reagan thing a little far?”

    Marcus Edwards –
    Civil Engineer