Remember the Hubble Space Telescope? It was a pretty big deal 30 years ago when it launched into low Earth orbit, where it remains today. Stuck with 20th century technology, cracking and in need of expensive repair, Hubble hangs out in the night sky as a sign of old American glory at the Cold War’s end.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST or Webb) was supposed to update Hubble for the twenty-first century. Webb, we are told, boasts 15 times the collection area of Hubble and will be able to capture infrared images in high resolution. Pretty cool. …
Even if Webb launches this year, it will be 14 years late and cost 20 times the original budget. …
The JWST started development in 1996, with a 2007 launch date. Originally budgeted to cost $500 million, that price tag has ballooned to $10 billion. And there is still nothing to show for it. $10 billion and 25 years in development, we are still taking space pics with the Cold War-era Hubble, while the JWST remains a beached whale. …
If the disastrous war in Afghanistan were a telescope, it would be the James Webb telescope. When Americans squander decades of time and billions of dollars only to get nothing in return, they can rest assured a defense contractor is lurking somewhere in the storyline. Naturally, Northrop Grumman is the JWST’s prime contractor. …
NASA’s rockets aren’t so good either:
To this day, the most powerful rocket in US history remains the F-1 rocket. This was the rocket used to propel the Apollo moon missions. But today, American rocket engineers are incapable of reproducing the F-1. They remarkably lack the skills and know-how to match earlier achievements from generations ago. …
America’s reached its high water mark for a task as rote and mechanical as rocket power over 50 years ago.
It’s not for lack of throwing money at the problem. The Space Launch System (“SLS”) was supposed to be NASA’s solution to rocket impotence problem. NASA began development on SLS 10 years ago, and despite costs to taxpayers ballooning up to $20 billion and counting, it still has never even launched. …
China is dynamic and succeeding:
In 2019, China made history by becoming the first country to land a probe on the dark side of the moon.
China then proceeded to become the first country to grow plants on the moon.
As the US co-led International Space Station — still in orbit after 23 years — suffers cracks, pressure-drops and accidents, China is planning a great leap forward: a mile-long megaship over which it would have total national control.
This summer, China has even matched the US’s feat of landing a rover on Mars.
To be sure, the US does retain considerable advantages over China when it comes to space technology. China isn’t really that close to matching the SpaceX/NASA heavy lift capability or compete on price performance of American and European low weight to orbit capability any time soon. The US currently has roughly 2500 satellites orbiting the Earth, whereas China has roughly 430 satellites. But that figure already puts China as the world’s #2 satellite power, and new launches are happening rapidly in the Middle Kingdom. China launched four new satellites last week alone.
During the Cold War, Mao Zedong reportedly lamented that “China cannot even put a potato in space.” Today, China has come dangerously close to matching the US in virtually every facet of space competition. The two most notable exceptions are satellites, which are principally IT infrastructure, and manned moon missions. But with America unable to even replicate the rockets it used to send men to the moon, it’s unclear whether those missions can still be put in America’s column today.
Does anyone seriously believe the Globalist American Empire will meet its ridiculous promise to put “the first woman” and “the first person of color” on the moon’s surface in 2024?
Like western civilization, NASA peaked in 1971. That’s when NASA started prioritizing diversity, and NASA’s bureaucracy overcame the last of the WWII and 1950s can-do people.
All this against a backdrop of a gradually declining average western IQ, on the back of feminism (which encourages smart women to have careers rather than kids) and a build up of genetic defects (due to the lack of selection pressure, an unavoidable consequence of medical success). The decline is not helped by more years of school (it’s a PC mandate that IQ, if it exists, is mostly environmental) or by importing the third world (the PC mandate is that all populations have identical performance statistics, with vague and elaborate excuses to explain away the mountains of contradictory evidence).
China doesn’t suffer from feminism or immigration.