Yes, I agree with you totally, hence my title for this thread. What I DO like, however, is that private enterprise is heading into space with just what NASA lacks --- "bold thinking and innovation." (Heck, even global militaries are eclipsing NASA these days, weaponizing space as just another "arena for struggle", as the Russians say.)
And it says a lot for the "entreprenurial spirit", since private enterprise has to do more with less money, hence more clever and bold thinking. NASA is kinda like the Pentagon, to my way of thinking. Too much money to throw around, and sub-contractors who just want to milk-the-system instead of coming up with something truly cutting-edge and do-able.
Sad to think that NASA was just a flash-in-the-pan, our response to the Russian Space Program during the Cold War. But it DID excite a lot of people, and got them thinking that space-travel was a real and attainable goal. And all the kids who went thru Space Camp every summer? Those are our next space-pioneers with "bold thinking and innovation".
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