Monday, January 30, 2012

Gingrich Boldly Urges NASA to Do Stuff It Is Already Doing

...the Atlas 5 ought to be interchangeable, and ought to be as usable for NASA projects as it is for Air Force projects.

said Gingrich on January 25 in Florida, presenting it is one of his bold ideas for NASA. NASA has been using Atlas V as a launcher since 2005, for payloads like Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, New Horizons, Juno and Mars Science Laboratory.

It seems a strange thing for a self-described space enthusiast not to know.

Also, he gets the story of the Langley Aerodrome wrong on several counts.

1 comment:

Hugh Knight said...

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of Gingrich, so this isn't a knee-jerk defensive reaction, but he's about the only one saying anything about serious space exploration, abnd frankly, I think that's one of the most important issues facing us right now. OK, so his people didn't research this well enough for him, and he could be lying about wanting to do these things (look at all the lies Obama made before the election that he hasn't even tried to do--thank heavens), but at least he's talking about it. As Mr. Heinlein said, you have to vote for the lesser of the evils on the ballot.