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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 11 months ago

    The space program’s woes go back to at least 1986. That was the year that Congress ended all nuclear propulsion research. JPL had been working on them for years and we had prototypes for gas core engines that could take a craft to Mars in a matter of days. 1986 ended that.

  2. annieb1012

    annieb1012 said, 11 months ago

    @ Nab Some of us made do with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clark. It’s fun to read those oldies now and compare the things their authors imagined with things that actually have come about.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    Good old nuclear engines. Nixon seriously wanted nuclear propulsion for giant bombers. The nuclear waste from them weren’t tolerable to the population at large so they were canceled too.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, 11 months ago

    But I mean that in a nice way….

  5. gir63

    gir63 said, 11 months ago

    If you are going to blame someone for the demise of the space program, it’s the Democrats not the Republicans.
    I belong to the National Space Society, and in their magazine they had a history of Congressional votes for the space program since NASA’s conception. And every one was right down party lines with Democrats against space program funding and Republicans for.

  6. kroykali

    kroykali said, 11 months ago

    Since you started it…

    It’s amazing how the left wing liberal environmentalists have stopped any new nuclear power plants from being developed, then make this absurd statement.

  7. CasualObserver

    CasualObserver said, 11 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    My father came back from WW2 and went to Oak Ridge to work on nuclear propulsion for aircraft in 1945. Back then they scrapped the idea because the design requirement weighed too much – or so I was told.

  8. bpullin

    bpullin said, 11 months ago

    Varnes, you are an obvious example of an uninformed voter. Please tear up all of your voting cards from every state you are registered in. Stay home and flagellate yourself.

  9. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, 11 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Remember what happened in 1986 to the space program that shut it down for quite some time?
    I remember clearly what happened on January 28, 1986 – it was my 22nd birthday.

  10. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, 11 months ago

    Actually, the nuclear-propelled bombers weren’t even that promising as weapons. The big problem is that they can’t do anything that ICBMs can’t do faster and more reliably.

    And opposition to nuclear power is, sadly, bipartisan (one of the few things nowadays that is). Liberals oppose new plants due to misguided environmentalism, and conservatives oppose them due to misguided fears of terrorist action.

  11. JudyAz

    JudyAz said, 11 months ago

    @ashburm,
    Didn’t it only put the space program out of action for a few years? I seem to remember it recovered fairly quickly once they figured out the problem.

  12. JudyAz

    JudyAz said, 11 months ago

    Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice!

  13. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, 11 months ago

    Read “The Space Shuttle Decision,” the Smithsonian’s excellent book of history, and you will see how the Nixon administration took NASA’s plan for a real (fully reusable) shuttle, space station, heavy lift booster, nuclear interplanetary stage and Mars landing in the mid-80s, and whittled and bled it down until there was just a shuttle (seriously compromised by budget constraints and a mission greatly expanded by a DoD requirement that it serve as a manned spy satellite)… with no place to go.

  14. kingstonave

    kingstonave said, 11 months ago

    You sound like do-nothing Washington politicians. Wasting time tossing around blame for what took place in the past. What are YOU doing RIGHT NOW to make things better? Blame accomplishes nothing. Write, call or email your Congressperson.

  15. Jim Guess

    Jim Guess said, 11 months ago

    If you are being sarcastic, you are funny!

    If you actually believe what you said, you are an idiot.

    The ‘right wing’ is trying to take us BACK to the great country we used to be. The left wing is trying to take us into communism or socialism. Period.

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