US Should Send Astronauts to Space Station by Trampoline
Well played, Russia. I got a chuckle out of this one. It’s just a witty retort from a low/mid-level Russian official but in a way there’s more behind it. The US government’s response seems half-cocked (if even that) and I don’t think the US government or citizens are prepared to deal with a response in kind from Russia. For the record, I’m glad our goverment’s response is so dismal because I’d be opposed to aggression against Russia over the past year’s events. I don’t think most people have thought about the Russians having the stones and/or the ability to put the screws to us in kind. I suppose telling NASA that they’ll have to carpool with someone else to get to ISS would be one way.
On another note, I know a lot of people (myself included) have been pretty demoralized by how low NASA has sunk over the past decade or so and chalked it up as another sign of this country going to “hell in a handbasket”. I guess the reality of the fact that we need Russia to keep up our scaled-back activities in space really shines some light on that situation.
There’s something very fatalistic to me about the idea that progress in space has seemed to come to a halt when you were constantly bombarded with the idea that the future will look like Star Trek or The Jetsons or something, but that’s probably a topic for another day.