With the United States being in a recession as well as many other countries in the world along with Obama’s administration set on increasing government jobs, one wonders which direction NASA will be taking in the next four years. Space exploration is an important aspect in science, and it’s also requires a lot of funding.
We have been blessed by the spacecraft missions in recent years. A wealth of information that has increased knowledge of our designed solar system. The remarkable feats by being able to put a spacecraft on Venus for example. Even though the spacecraft only could survive a few minutes in a very hostile environment on Venus, it was able to return important information.
The rings of Saturn is another great example, we know more about the phenomena now than we ever did. The F ring of Saturn for instance, was found to be experiencing a huge amount of intensive collisions, about 30 meters per second. These collisions created some features in the ring such as spurs, grooves, gouges and fan-like structures that vary rapidly.
These collisions happen on a daily basis, sometimes even on an hourly basis. What is very interesting about this newer discovery is the fact that it reveals Saturn’s ring is young, not millions of years old as evolutionists claim. The punishment it takes, and the way it appears indicates the ring is young within the framework of the Bible.
Saturn’s moon, Enceladus. It was found to have internal heating on the inside which produces about 5.8 gigawatts of heat. This is another indication of a young solar system with thousands of years old, not billions. If Enceladus is old, it would have frozen out long ago.
Nature is excited about possible space flights and weighs in on which direction it should go, as we see here…
“In just five decades, planetary spacecraft have provided an extraordinary wealth of discoveries: the oddly young surface of Venus, the ancient landscapes of Mars, the volcanoes of Io, the geysers of Triton, the lakes of Titan, the ocean of Europa. But two of the most sought-after things have not been discovered. One is life. The other is how to explore space cheaply.”
A Titan mission, by contrast, would be unlikely to encounter life, but would be much more intimately involved with its environment.
It would include a Titan orbiter with radar and other instruments to map the moon far more thoroughly than the Cassini mission’s ongoing fly-bys can; a European lander designed to float on one of the hydrocarbon lakes; and a hot-air balloon (or more accurately, a slightly-less-cold-air balloon) that would drift around the moon studying its hazy atmosphere and rich landscapes of channels, lakes and dunes.
I believe the funding factor is what nature seemed to over look a bit. I agree though Titan (one of Saturn’s moons) would be a better target for study in outer space. But I believe that cutbacks are needed until the economy gets better even though I think exploring outer space is exciting, and worthwhile.
The space shuttles are about ready to retire in a few years, so there are other things to look at in the space program as well. Just like everything else, things need to be cutback till it gets better.