So I hear there's talk of de-orbiting the ISS in 2016. This could totally kill my idea to use any extra room on-board the Station to house a small, automated McDonalds outlet!
Actually I never had that in mind. But the whole ISS de-orbiting thing has made made me a bit pensive on the subject of humans in space.
Namely I ask: why do our nationally -- and in the case of the ISS, "internationally" -- backed manned space flight projects always make you feel like a 3 year old dude who gets underpants for a birthday his parents sold as a Toys R Us extravaganza?
I'd even say the same about the Apollo program: that was like a 3 year old dude getting underpants for his birthday, too; it's just that the party was at 6 Flags.
I don't know, but I figure maybe the money and plans will emerge to keep the ISS in a safe orbit. Then like some effort to "recycle" an old U.S. public school building, the ISS will see half of itself sold for private use and the other half demolished (better termed as "de-orbited").
Of course, I am also a firm and reasonable believer in speculation regarding a "shadow" space program maintained by the U.S.
So, perhaps 2015 will roll around and we will, instead, watch as yet unseen Air Force-developed space vehicles regularly dock with the ISS, thereby potentially giving the structure a much higher on-going occupancy level and a new nationally-backed lease on life.