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No British Astronauts?

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Kevin, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    While catching up on my news reading a blurb caught my attention... since 1986 Britain has prohibited human space flight?! :confused:

    (Full article at The Space Review)
    Could any of our UK friends shed some light on why the opposition to human space flight? Is it based on moral grounds? Technical? Is it a wide spread belief amongst the UK citizens or just a few key government players?

    When mankind eventually steps out into the stars, will it be our British cousins left behind to turn out the lights?
     
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

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    You're right Kevin, This is interesting.
    Perhaps they are just waiting for the road to be paved.
     
  3. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

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    No, it is a cost decision. We are currently pressing for british astronauts and are a part of the european space agency. There doesn't seem to be the need to waste so much money putting astronauts in space when they have nothing profitable to do up there.
     
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Code Monkey Staff Abductee

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    Sorry, but "prohibits" doesn't sound like it's a budget item.
     
  5. painkiller64

    painkiller64 Avoid A Void

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    my blood is british, my body resides in the u.s., my heart and soul is in space. the empire needs to let go of its pocket-book, loosen its apron strings and let its citizens decide if they want to explore the only true unknown (space).

    i am not! really not trying to sound to harsh. i just feel that the british isles need to join in the world exploration of the cosmos.

    i am one person with a view as well as others here and i know our words nor voices will never be heard by the queen (god bless her) nor The Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

    we can at least speak our minds.
     

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