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Homer Hickam
Dear @repkeygranger, China is not ahead of USA in space except for dropping rocket stages on people. Here, just off the top of my head,is what we can do they can't: -Rovers on Mars. -Missions to all planets incl Pluto. -Hubble ops -Land boosters/reuse -X-37 -Comm/GPS sats galore
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Homer Hickam Oct 16
Replying to @Spacecolonize @VP
Paying Russia was foolish but we needed to correct the Shuttle diversion but you're right, shouldn't have taken us so long. It's because the federal government, until , doesn't think human spaceflight is that important. Just a fact.
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Homer Hickam Oct 16
Replying to @RacingHellphish
Actually, we took the lead during the Gemini program. We perfected orbital rendezvous, docking, and extravehicular activities.
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Homer Hickam Oct 16
Replying to @Spacecolonize
Two rovers on the moon is very good but putting a human on the moon is several tens of times more difficult. Tesla has automated navigation. Their moon base strategy sounds good, I suppose, but I worked one up for NASA in 1993.
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Drums Drums Drums Oct 16
1993.. gee wiz..
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Frank Benson Oct 17
Replying to @realhomerhickam
They put a rover on the far side of the moon, and are a serious contender for the next crewed moon mission.
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Homer Hickam Oct 17
Replying to @mfbenson1
It's far harder than Apollo made it look. Not only China but the new NASA is finding that out.
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PvtCitizenGautam Oct 16
Replying to @realhomerhickam
And yet to achieve human landing on moon which US did 50 years ago.
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Homer Hickam Oct 16
Replying to @GautamDe7 @NASA
Every country and agency that decides to land people on the moon suddenly realizes how very difficult it is. What did back in the 60's & 70's was like fighting a world war. We killed people & wore thousands out doing it. That's difficult to reproduce.
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Jonathan Oct 16
Replying to @realhomerhickam
To be fair, they really are quite excellent at dropping rocket stages on people.
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SafeNotAnOption Oct 16
World champs.
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