Most of the readers here I feel are probably fairly up on current events, so you have probably seen where there is a country that rhymes with Prussia that has (finger quotes) invaded (finger quotes) a country that rhymes with Brukraine. This particular event has gotten more than a few folks considering the possibility of a return to the Cold War that we knew and loved, and I don’t use the word love entirely with sarcasm–there does seem to be a certain excitement about for a nostalgic return to the heady days of living free and hating on Commies. I came across this question on Motherboard the other day, and they were coming at the situation from an angle that I hadn’t thought of, but I found quite interesting. Does a new Cold War mean a new Space Race?
This question seems quite pertinent, especially in light of the current status of NASA’s new ride, the Orion. The ISS of late is very much a joint US/NASA-Russian venture, with NASA’s money funding Russian rocket rides up into orbit. So do we accelerate the development process of Orion, paralleling even further not just the technology, but the events of the 1960s? Do we throw some money towards SpaceX or other private ventures? And when I say ‘we’, I am including NASA’s international partners that have and continue to invest in the ISS. One argument is that NASA already won the Space Race when Apollo 11 landed on the moon, and so these days things don’t really matter, space is for everybody. Do you agree, or think that this will all fizzle out, or are we indeed facing the re-emergence of another Space Race?
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