NASA's massive social media advertising campaign has coincided with the recent Orion test launch. All the tall claims made by the US space agency have been disapproved of by many renowned veteran NASA aerospace engineers.
They believe that the Orion spacecraft and the rocket which NASA calls the Space Launch System (SLS) are not the deep space transportation system of tomorrow. Also, if both these projects are allowed to continue too long then it will give America's international rivals time to erode away the still considerable technological lead in space technology that the US now enjoys.
These renowned veterans pointed out that SLS has especially increased our dependence on Russia for astronaut rides to the International Space Station. Some private companies have developed space exploration technologies for space missions in the recent years.
They have also claimed that the more times both these two technologically outmoded projects are allowed to flourish, the more they will potentially deny the nation's future economic and strategic advantages that leadership in human spaceflight has the potential to provide.
Despite all these warnings, there is no major push by reporters to highlight the scandal to the general public that will provide them a short-sighted action of what the politicians and bureaucrats are responsible for in this respect.
Many members of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC) have been openly expressing their views. Marcia S. Smith stated in an article for Space Policy Online quoted NAC sitting member Tom Young, who is former Director of NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, giving a blunt opinion of the inadequacy of NASA's roadmap for such manned deep space expeditions in these words, "We are collectively perpetrating a fraud".
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