how advanced are we really?
so, the space shuttle went into orbit again this week, and once again, NASA is concerned that the underside of the shuttle was damaged by either a piece of ice or foam that came loose during launch and gouged a 3-inch-square hole into the spacecraft’s protective belly.
it seems as though every time we launch a shuttle now, it sustains some sort of damage, which makes you start wondering…was this happening EVERY time the shuttle went up in the past but nobody was paying close enough attention to notice? or maybe they did notice, but just never thought anything would happen?
i’m all for space travel and exploring the unknown. i think the little Mars rover project has been fantastic, and we need more missions like it. however, doesn’t it seem like we should have been a little farther along with our technology right now, in regards to our space travel?
i mean…is strapping what amounts to a big jet plane to an even BIGGER cannister of fuel and then lighting it on fire all we’ve got? as i heard someone on the radio say a few days ago, it is basically a bottle rocket. technology, in some areas, has progressed amazingly fast since i was born in 1971, but in other areas, i think we’re lagging way behind where i thought we’d be by now.
is it a funding issue, or have we sort of reached the peak of what we can do with the level of knowledge we have right now? are we just waiting on another big breakthrough that will propel us into the next age of space travel? ion engines? warp drives?
i guess i’ll just have to be patient and hope that i’ll get to see some of these things in my lifetime, but i guess i shouldn’t hold my breath, when we can’t even get the major automobile manufacturers to give us a lineup of TRULY fuel efficient cars to select from. 🙁