The US Airforce is rumored to have ordered the return to earth of its space plane the X-37B after spending about one year in space doing classified work. There has been much speculation as to what the mission of the space plane was from supposedly spying on Chinese satellites to acting as a spy satellite itself, but the truth is nobody outside the pentagon really knows.
Instead of setting off on some grand adventure like sending humans to mars NASA has been reduced to doing school science projects at the International Space Station, or worse issuing a plea for future astronauts who visit the moon to not disturb the Apollo landing sites. Indeed, the most exciting thing to have involved NASA as of late was the recent docking of the private company SpaceX’s supply ship called the Dragon. With a budget of billions of dollars and not much to show for it one has to ask what happened to our once proud space program? Original story and picture courtesy of New York Daily News.
With news that SpaceX has become the first private company to launch a rocket into space and dock with the International Space Station a historic day has arrived. Regarded by many as a key step to enhancing space exploration because it is hoped that this will allow private companies to free NASA from some of the more mundane aspects of space exploration like routine supply runs to the space station to concentrate on bigger, bolder objectives like Mars. Here is the link to the original story.