Just say no

Although this piece from the USA Today still fails to grasp the overriding idea that the best designs arise from the bottom-up, it nevertheless makes some great points about NASA's failures over the last few decades. An excerpt:

Yet in the 1960s, when NASA was supposedly bold and innovative and got things done, the real work was accomplished by companies just like these, not NASA. The agency merely laid out general specifications for competing private companies, which quickly and cheaply produce new rockets, capsules and lunar landers, hoping that the government would buy their good, economical products for decades to come.

But once the race to the moon was over, NASA ended this practice and, like most government agencies, instead used the money it received from Congress to fund its own ever-growing bureaucracy. [...]

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