Although the space agency NASA’s successful completion of the Orion test flight was a remarkable step, it was just a very small step ahead into the cosmic ocean.
It said that the US space leadership is lagging behind due to lack of sufficient funds to carry out space projects and research.
Orion spacecraft is the only one of its kind in the history that is capable of taking humans to multiple destinations for the deep space exploration missions.
It is said that the Orion spacecraft is as capable as the Apollo spacecraft, whose longest round-trip mission to the Moon took just 12 days. Orion is specially designed to be part of a long-duration spacecraft that will eventually enable manned missions to the Red Planet, a trip which will last almost three years.
NASA has also been working to develop a powerful new rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS). It is said that SLS will be the most powerful rocket in history, and it will also enable the launch of Orion and its supporting systems to explore the asteroids, the Moon, and Mars.
It is known that space leadership has propelled the US forward in the latter half of the 20th Century. President Kennedy’s vision of landing on the moon had a great impact on America’s economy, educational system, and national psyche.
Furthermore, investments in NASA led to space spinoffs that helped to accelerate the technological development in the key areas like electronics, medicine, and safety.
It is found that many of the American citizens in the survey have overestimated the size of NASA’s budget saying in surveys that it’s 30 or 40 percent of federal spending.
Increasing NASA’s budget with only 5% annually would enable it to regain nations lead in space technology and put America at the forefront of space commerce and exploration.