Leaving minimal station experiments running on "auto pilot" would cut back significantly on the scientific research being done 240 miles (386 kilometers) above the Earth. This is ironic in the wake of the space shuttle's lay-off last month. NASA has repeatedly stressed the importance of that research, and the scientific potential of the station. Now, with the Progress crash marking the latest in a string of Russian launch failures over the last 10 months, this has caused some concern among U.S. lawmakers and experts. NASA is relying on Russia to loft its astronauts to orbit until private American crew-carrying spaceships come online. That could start happening by 2015, officials have said.
And, that my friends is an irony within an irony! We laid off our shuttle to depend on Russian Soyuz rockets. John F. Kennedy is probably rolling over in his grave. America's space program is thumbing a ride on a Russian rocket. I would laugh if I could stop crying. How's that for American excellence?
Has the rain a father? or who has begotten the drops of dew?
Out of whose womb came the ice? and the frost from heaven, who has given it birth?
(No one is father to the precipitation. The rain, dew, ice, and frost are not under
The waters harden like a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. (We can't control the freezing of the lakes.)
Can you bind the cluster of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in its season?
or can you guide Arcturus with its children?
(We didn't cluster the stars together, or cause them to
separate. We can't even control their orbits.)
Know you the ordinances of heaven? (No, we don't know the laws of Space and we can't afford to figure them out can we?)
can you set their dominion in the earth? (We ran out of money.)
Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover you?
Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto you, Here we are?
Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? or who has given understanding to the heart?
Who can number the clouds by wisdom?
or who can pour out the waterskins of heaven,
(We can't call down rain or lightning, though we may try.)
We study so much and know so little. We base all our understanding of life and the Universe on what we have studied and seen. Now, we reach the bottom of our pockets and we can't even hitch a ride. Wow! Hitchhikers in the Galaxy can't thumb a ride to a Ghosttown!