Above is an image of a Russian Proton rocket crashing right after launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Tuesday.
This is simply the latest launch failure to bedevil the increasingly decrepit Russian space program over the last couple of years.
The Russians also happen to provide the only access for our astronauts to the International Space Station. This is a situation you have extended by underfunding NASA’s commercial crew program. Your miserly attitude has delayed this program by years while saving little by sending hundreds of millions to the Russians for crew services.
So, please get your heads out of your asses and fully fund the commercial crew program before all this ineptitude ends up affecting a Soyuz mission. We could end up losing access to a station we’ve spent $100 billion on — or something much, much worse.
If much, much worse happens, the American people are going to be looking for someone to blame. And it’s going to be you.
I’m hoping and praying that since you guys hate getting blamed for anything, especially when you’re actually responsible for it, you’ll finally get it through your thick skulls that our continued reliance on the Russians is no longer tenable.
Do the right thing. You’ve exhausted all other options at this point.
Douglas M. Messier