Re: space exploration is a good thing

Posted by Pasti on Jan 15, 2004 at 09:02

Re: space exploration is a good thing (Measurement)

If he has your support, as you say, that means you are playing his hand, or in harsher words, you are as dumb as he thinks you are.

Do you really believe he REALLY supports space exploration of any kind?I(personally) very much doubt that.
Is it a manoeuver to gain political capital for the next election season?I think yes.What do you think?

So you support him now,and you will see how serious he is about it,you say.My question is,can you afford to do so?Do you really believe that the necessary amount of money and effort will be spent to put a man on Mars, after the elections?Or is it possible that after the elections the project will be railroaded to the same level it is today?
Try to remember that the Mars probe today is nothing new, in the sense that this is the successful attempt, the last of them but not the only one.And because of that one can put any "spin" on the topic without actually doing too much about it.

If you actually want such a program to start being developed at a steady and effective pace, with some results in a more or less near future,don't invest any type of capital (financial or intelectual) in structures that are prone to change every four years or so. If you want to understand why, remember that putting people on Mars has been in the "works" as a political tool since the early 70's if not before(Remember the movie "Capricorn-1"?).

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