I was pleased to read several recent opinion articles on the U.S. space program in The Times recently. They represent, perhaps, a wider appreciation of the sorrowful condition of this country's program.
Since Apollo the government and public have relied on NASA to select the nation's goals in space. Apparently they were satisfied with the space shuttle, until the Challenger disaster. It is not, however, NASA's role to determine our future in space; that is the responsibility of the President and Congress.