Wanted: U.S. spacecraft for the years 2010-2015

Retiring too soon?: Proposed budget cuts will likely leave NASA without any replacement spacecraft until 2015 for the space shuttle fleet that is to be retired in 2010.
Retiring too soon?: Proposed budget cuts will likely leave NASA without any replacement spacecraft until 2015 for the space shuttle fleet that is to be retired in 2010.
The United States will be in a space transportation pinch in the coming years if current proposed budgets for NASA don’t get an increase.

The three current space shuttles are targeted for mothballing in 2010 and new revised budgets for the replacement crafts won’t have anything available for American astronauts to fly in by 2015 at the earliest. More budget delays could push things back even further.

What that means is that U.S. space programs, including getting people and equipment to the International Space Station, will depend on the help of foreign or commercial space programs. Russia, who used to be our fierce foe in the race to space, could suddenly become a key ally in U.S. space endeavors.

Some experts say the budget problems could knock the U.S. out of its leadership position in space efforts. What do you think? What government programs would you be willing to see reduced in order for the U.S. to continue to have a strong fleet of space craft? Or do you think it’s too expensive to keep heading out to space anyway? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzz readers.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Current federal budgets are not allowing for any growth in inflation or personal need. Unless more tax revenues are forth coming most government programs wil be abandoned simply to fund necessities. This is a direct result of the money supply being held by a small class of the extremely wealthy. Congress could easily pass laws to even the cash flows but due to congressional integerity this is unlikely. The space program is supposed to be for all mankind. Let the other nations lose some gross national product for a change. The space program has never paid for itself and it never will.

posted on Fri, 03/16/2007 - 9:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yhey'll extend their life just like the B-52 that's been flying for 50 years!

posted on Sat, 03/17/2007 - 7:09pm
Robert's picture
Robert says:

I think this is great

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 11:05am
n00b22's picture
n00b22 says:

Maybe NASA WILL team up with other countries to develop a space elevator?

posted on Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:07pm
jeffery floyd's picture
jeffery floyd says:

More money should go to the globle warming reshearch and reducing green house gases. Space will be there for the futhure.

posted on Tue, 03/20/2007 - 4:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what IS the chemical composition of the fuel used?

posted on Tue, 05/22/2007 - 6:29pm
bryan kennedy's picture

This post (Space Shuttle fuel) should help you answer your question.

posted on Thu, 05/24/2007 - 12:28pm

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