Thursday, July 14, 2011

It is the End of An Era for the USA


Did you ever think that a cartoonist would place the
figure on an Astronaut on the unemployment line,
even a a joke?  This cartoon by Michael Ramirez is so
very real, and so very sad.
It is the End of An Era for the USA.
We were in Junior High School and High School in 1961 when president John F. Kennedy excited the country with his goal to beat the Soviet Union into space and to land a man on the moon.  It seemed that every one was supportive of the program and anxious to see if it could be done.  Youngsters had played with rockets for years and now many wanted to grow up to be astronauts.  Of course the competition with the U.S.S.R. fueled our nation's desire to be the first to land a man on the moon.

In 1969 we were newlyweds when we heard Astronaut Neil Armstrong declare, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Tragically President Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, and did not see his dream realized.  However Americans felt a wonderful sense of pride and accomplishment.  We'd made it to that new frontier, and the American Space Program and NASA have always been a source of inspiration and pride in achievement to all Americans.

Sadly, Barack Hussein Obama has cut the funding to the Space Program and now the only way Americans will fly in Space again will be by "hitching a ride" from the Russians whom we had beaten to the moon.  Hopefully once Obama is defeated in 2012, the damage he had done to our country can be reversed.

Below is a brief history of the American Space Program from the Kennedy Library.  We thought it wise to publish it here for those who've forgotten, and perhaps for those who are to young to have lived during those exciting years.
Two Sisters

JFK SPACE PROGRAM

JOHN F. KENNEDY
Presidential Library and Museum


 


 

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the U.S. space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.  

In 1957, the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik, and the space race was on. The Soviets' triumph jarred the American people and sparked a vigorous response in the federal government to make sure the United States did not fall behind its Communist rival.
A new space program, Project Mercury, was initiated two years later, during President Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration. Seven men were selected to take part in the program: Scott Carpenter, Leroy Gordon Cooper, John Glenn Jr., Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra Jr., Alan Shepard Jr., and Donald "Deke" Slayton. Project Mercury's goals were to orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth, investigate the ability of astronauts to function in space, and recover astronauts and spacecraft safely.
Then, in 1961, the nation suffered another shock when Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to orbit the Earth. The United States, it seemed, was still falling behind.

President Kennedy's Challenge

President Kennedy understood the need to restore America's confidence and intended not merely to match the Soviets, but surpass them. On May 25, 1961, he stood before Congress to deliver a special message on "urgent national needs." He asked for an additional $7 billion to $9 billion over the next five years for the space program, proclaiming that "this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before the decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth." President Kennedy settled upon this dramatic goal as a means of focusing and mobilizing the nation's lagging space efforts. Skeptics questioned the ability of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to meet the president's timetable. Within a year, however, Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom became the first two Americans to travel into space.

An American in Orbit

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn Jr. became the first American to orbit Earth. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Friendship 7 capsule carrying Glenn reached a maximum altitude of 162 miles and an orbital velocity of 17,500 miles per hour. After more than four hours in space, having circled the earth three times, Glenn piloted the Friendship 7 back into the atmosphere and landed in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda.
Glenn's success helped inspire the great army of people working to reach the Moon. Medical researchers, engineers, test pilots, machinists, factory workers, businessmen, and industrialists from across the country worked together to achieve this goal. By May 1963, astronauts Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra Jr., and L. Gordon Cooper had also orbited Earth. Each mission lasted longer than the one before and gathered more data.

To the Moon

As space exploration continued through the 1960s, the United States was on its way to the Moon. Project Gemini was the second NASA spaceflight program. Its goals were to perfect the entry and re-entry maneuvers of a spacecraft and conduct further tests on how individuals are affected by long periods of space travel. The Apollo Program followed Project Gemini. Its goal was to land humans on the moon and assure their safe return to Earth. On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts—Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr.—realized President Kennedy's dream.

Read more about the Kennedy Space Program here:
We believe that there will come a time when Americans will once again fly rockets, and our country will once again be First In Space.
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23 Comments:

At July 14, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Anonymous Steve said...

Liberals try to claim that George W. Bush ended the Shuttle Program, and that may be technically correct. W however, had a folow on plan for sending Americans into space and Obama ended that plan. I live here on America's Space Coast and the Shuttle ending is devestating not just to the economy - we're expecting an additional 5,000 layoffs - but also to the heart and soul of this area. We will still have satellite launches at Cape Canaveral, but nothing will ever be the same again around here.

And the dirty little secret is - the unspoken - that this is all being done so that our federal government can spend more money on unconstitutional social welfare programs. Sad, very sad.

 
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At July 14, 2011 at 5:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Steve. The pursuit of the nanny state is bankrupting the nation and stifling the creativity, resourcefulness and innovativeness that used to define America. If we allow this shameless administration to continue their agenda, our country will never be the same again.

 
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