This week, the sixtieth anniversary of President Kennedy’s decision to go to the moon, the rocket NASA hopes will take us back to the moon, the Artemis 1, idles on a Florida launchpad, plagued by technical problems.
Whether NASA’s newest and largest-ever rocket eventually flies, it will be a failure.
This is not just because private companies have built cheaper and better rockets. After all, for a lot less, NASA could simply buy its astronauts a ride on the Starship being developed by SpaceX.
The problem is that NASA chose a mission that it is not uniquely positioned to do.
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