NASA depends on Russia to get American astronauts to the International Space Station, but this relationship has put the American space agency in a less-than-stellar position.
NASA, the agency that first placed a man on the moon, relies on private contractors and the Chinese for space access.
The International Space Station -- the largest man-made object currently in orbit of the planet -- was destined to meet its fate in 2020. The budgeted end of the ISS is symbolic of the current fate of NASA. With funding cut to the space agency to levels not seen since the administration of George W. Bush, a mixture of sequestration and