Two things driving me crazy – Thing Two of Two

Thing Two: International Space Station

We were told about all the benefits that operating the space station would benefit everyone for years. Now they do not even bother to tell us any more.

The space station has become somewhat like modern computers. It demands attention amounting to near 100% of its utilization just to… maintain it operational. No more bragging about the benefits. No announcements of stunning advancements in science, medicine, metallurgy or anything else. The last revelation I recall from earth orbit is that Tang is also good on the kitchen table. We get a lot more information for the buck from recent unmanned probes.

Just up/down/up/down/up/down of the U.S. Space Shuttle or the Russian transporter, carrying food, repair parts, water, bringing back garbage, strewing space junk in its wake, if there were any air there. Trip costs? Ten’s of millions of China’s loan dollars per trip. The work being accomplished? Space walks for repairs, toilet replacement and chewing gum on leaks.

Am I the only one getting pissed about this unending waste of China’s loans to us? I think it would make a spectacular firework, lighting up the sky on Christmas Eve on a free fall to earth. Not really a free fall, rather a savings fall! Savings of billions of dollars in short order. I think China deserves more for its investment!

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