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Retiring the Shuttle Will Set Us Free

Posted by Bill Nye

04-08-2009 13:47 CDT


by Bill Nye

portraitBill Nye is contributing to the blog this week as Emily gets back up to speed. Nye spent several years working as an engineer until he combined his dual love of science and comedy to create his on-screen persona, "The Science Guy." Nye's mission for many years has been to turn on the public in general, and kids in particular, to the "way cool" wonders of science. From 1992 to 1998, Nye was the writer, producer and talent for the Emmy award-winning Bill Nye the Science Guy TV series. His latest TV program was Stuff Happens.

As your vice president, I do my best to listen to what most of us want in space. Like any other big change, the retirement or grounding of the Space Shuttles will produce opportunities. We've got two big ones: we can make serious plans to have humans visit relatively nearby balanced-gravity Lagrange points on our way to asteroids, and we can start the long diplomatic process that will be required to get taikonauts, astronauts from the China Space Agency, onto the International Space Station (ISS).

Over the last few weeks with the anniversary of the Moon landing, people in the United States and elsewhere have been wringing their hands about the planned retirement of the Space Shuttle around September of 2010. That's next year. There is great concern from some quarters that the United States, the team that scored so big in the space race, is going to retire and let others take control of the black skies. This is not a new thing. The Shuttle has been shutdown twice before

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