New evidence today forcefully argues that case;
http://www.chsglobe.com/forum/2011/08/a ... ploration/
'As a country falling behind in mathematics and science education, it is a shame to diminish NASA – the crowning achievement of American engineering – that inspires children and sets the tone of a country’s priorities. Rather, imagine how the revival of NASA to its original glory would invigorate national pride and continue to advance American science and technology on an ever-competitive global stage. For now, as other countries like China, India and Japan blast off into the final frontier, American astronauts wait on the ground or travel to the International Space Station aboard a Russian rocket."