I read a piece by a blogger who says that the two recent space travel losses should serve as a wake-up call that the leading role in US space travel needs to rest in the hands of NASA.
What difference does it make whose hands space travel rests in, as long as it is resting in someone's hands; as long as it is getting done. Who will play the leading role in space travel will be the person whose team is able to get the job done; whoever it is who can deliver the goods; whoever it is who is able to put the runs on the board.
Orbital Science Corporation and Virgin Galactic are simply two companies that have learnt a lesson.
What lesson is that?
- That Taskmistress Space is ruthless.
- That she rarely (if ever) takes prisoners.
- That she doesn't tolerate sloppiness in any way, shape or form.
- That she's the meanest, most ferocious and nastiest Taskmistress ever -- with not an inkling relinquished to anyone unless they absolutely worship her.
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