KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) - The final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was delayed Friday, temporarily putting off what has promised to be an emotional moment for mission's commander.
Liftoff - originally scheduled for 3:47 p.m. ET - was delayed by 48 hours due to concerns with the shuttle's heating system.
'Ooo how outrageous that we no longer can afford to shoot people into space using the most expensive way possible. How dare the federal government cut the shuttle program! We need to keep the program... Oh, and we also need to cut federal spending and give even more tax breaks...'
If you want humans in space, put your money where your big mouth is! But of course nobody wants that. They want the glory, but without having to pay for it. Sorry, it doesn't work that way! Shuttles cost money! LOTS of money! You can't have your cake and eat it too!
The cutting of the shuttle program is not Obama's fault, it's not even Bush Jr.'s fault. It is the fault of its underdelivery of its promise, that it would cheapen space flight. In fact it made it far more expensive. But because people THOUGHT it would be cost-effective they kept delaying the plan to replace it, and eventually it ate up the very money that was supposed to be used for its replacement. Thus NASA was driven into a corner by three decades of cumulative NASA and Congressional budget policies. It was poor planning.