That's exactly what rocket scientists are telling the Bush administration today. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences say the Administrations grand plans for space exploration are doomed -- unless the administration kicks in big bucks and makes basic space policy changes.
"Current U.S. space policy presents a paradoxical picture of high ambition and diminishing commitment."
The New York Times took a look at the paper and reports four major problems in the way of US space exploraton:
- Inadequate planning for NASA's future
- Erosion of international cooperation in space
- Congressional restrictions on the export of space technology that have choked the flow of sales to other nations and make it difficult to share information with foreign partners
- A projected shortfall in the future United States science and engineering work force, made worse by post-Sept. 11 restrictions on visas for foreign students.
All this comes just three weeks before Discovery is supposed to return Americans to space for the first time since the Columbia crash. (NYT)