Everybody remembers the glory days of NASA, but the United States has denied drastically from that time in regards to space exploration. So low, that Americans have been catching rides from Russia in order to have some kind of U.S. representation in space. And it's been like this for nearly ten years now.
There were several factors for the decline of NASA and the United States space dominance, including the lack of funding from both the Obama administration and U.S. Congress, designing delays that would cost boat loads of money, as well as launching a new manned system to get us into the realm of space. But we all know how that worked out: We haven't had a launch since 2011.
And now here in 2020, we have the Trump administration, as well as Elon Musk and Space X. With Musk in particular, the billionaire believes that there's a lot of profits that can be made from creating a private manned launch capability. And it looks like that he'll get that chance to be able to pull that off. And America might be back in action.
If no further delays take place, which could be a possibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, two United States astronauts will be launching into space, and will be doing so in a Dragon crew capsule that will be sitting on top of a Falcon 9 Space X rocket, which will be reusable. The trip will be to the International Space Station. In the history of space exploration, it will be the first operation that comes from a privately designed and built launch system.
And what else would you expect from the times of the Trump administration?
From the Daily Caller:
Former President Barack Obama formally ended NASA’s manned-flight programs in 2011, after the Atlantis Space Shuttle completed its final mission.
“I have tasked the men and women of NASA with an ambitious new mission: to break new boundaries in space exploration, ultimately sending Americans to Mars,” he stated at the time. “I know they are up to the challenge – and I plan to be around to see it.”
Nine years later, and it's finally about to happen, but under the Trump administration and no thanks to Barack Obama and his two-term presidency.