NASA, which excelled at navigating men through space to the moon and back, is an agency that has lost its way. The manned moon mission ended in 1972 when Apollo 17 returned to Earth. Then the Space Shuttle program was retired in 2011. Our government space project is now almost asleep, its duty having largely diminished into that of a custodian who makes sure U.S. astronauts get a lift from Russian cosmonauts to, and back from, the International Space Station.
This virtual dormancy opens space wide to the private sector, where capitalists and entrepreneurs will do a far better job than government.
If this scare-mongering report is NASA’s future, we should shut it down and give the money back to the taxpayers. It’s better than paying for more loony reports of impending doom.