I'm twenty-one and I'm crazy. Fangirl, (aspiring) scientist and writer. I'm at college in Boston right now, but New York will always be my home. Likes archaeology, astronomy, space travel, history, superhero comics, general science, the oceans, Star Wars, aviation, exploration/geography, mysteries and Disney. (Which is where my title comes from...)
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Orbital Construction concept using two Space Shuttles. Imagine the possibilities!
From my perspective, I don’t think a second shuttle in space at would would improve orbital construction. New space station modules must go through checkout, integration and processing after being connected to the rest of the complex. This takes many days to a few weeks, depending on the crew schedule. Two shuttles building in orbit at the same time would not be any more efficient as construction.
But we’ve GOT to work double-time if we want to beat the Empire!
A Call for A Bold Defense: the Strategic Defense Initiative, aka “Star Wars”
Thirty years ago, on March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan publicly revealed his Strategic Defense Initiative proposal in a televised address. Portrayed as an alternative to the existing “Mutually Assured Destruction” (“MAD”) doctrine of nuclear deterrence, the ambitious nuclear missile defense system was also criticized as costly and implausible, derisively referred to as “Star Wars”. The program greatly accelerated U.S. satellite research but led to one of the final escalations of the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
This draft of the speech incorporates edits and comments by President Reagan.