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Oct 11, 2013, 03:42 PM
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NASA’s J-2X Engine To Be Mothballed After Testing

NASA was obviously done when the Constellation program was canceled. They might have been done when the shuttle was canceled, but no other program was ever going to be justifiable once the clear goal of putting a human on the moon was taken out.

Old timers can still remember an age when they were putting 28 humans per year in space, launching 1 million pounds of shuttles per year. They're never going to launch a vehicle of their own again. The idea of another large rocket came from congress, but the buck stopped with Obama, who wanted no more vehicles & NASA to focus on just pension plans. In the fullness of time, congress never funded what they wanted & the pension plan agency is what they got.
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