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Letter to the Editor
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the “This Just In” item “Cold War II: NASA breaks contact with Russians” : I had mentioned this to my liberal and progressive acquaintances a few years ago regarding President Obama dismantling NASA so that we can share the space station and hitch a ride with the Russians into space.

“What's the big deal?” they asked.

My response was, “What if we get into it with Russia over something?”

Well, now what?

We have no heavy-lift boosters to get anything of real weight into orbit. In addition, we have no technology left to get up to the International Space Station to make sure we keep our vested interest up there if the Russians say, “All the tickets are sold for the next 10 years up to ISS — oops, I'm sorry.”

Another problem will be, “Gee, how did the Chinese plant their flag on the moon and tell us to go pound salt?” They'll have access to all the raw minerals on the moon as well as an important strategic base.

If someone had tried to dream this up in 1969, he would have been laughed off the face of the Earth. Well, at least we all supposedly have health insurance. We'll need it when others control space.

And so it goes.

Pete Mamula


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