Art critics are the zealots of a religion. They look for some spark of divinity in the product of man's efforts but like all other religions fail to substantively prove their point. What is divine and what is not? What is ART and what is not? I suppose our unelected clergy might be able to tell us!
It is up to every human on the planet to decide for themselves what they consider to be art. To believe otherwise is to become sheep bound mindlessly to a misguided flock.
"I don't know how you missed the launch last year."
Thanks. I was very busy...under my rock.
In principle, yes. In practicality, probably not.
If the politics can be put aside (always the gotcha with international bodies) it could work but I doubt will happen unless there is a clear unifying goal that adds some level of urgency (i.e. "some impending disaster that necessitates us going to space").
"NASA has efforts underway to develop an American-made commercial capability for crew transportation and rescue services to the station following this year's retirement of the space shuttle fleet."
Seems like a lot of people missed this part, but is there any real information on these efforts? I know there have been private-sector developments in space flight (Virgin for example), but are there any examples, prototypes, or even a rough napkin-sketches on what these new "crew transportation and rescue services" will look like?
In every non-trivial program there is at least one bug.