It's great that we're pursuing unmanned missions to Mars - I mean check out Mars! But the manned program - even considering the danger and the disasters that happened with the shuttle missions - is a worthwhile endeavor. People willing to take the risk. Neil Armstrong was. At some point, we're going to need someone on Mars, and the cost - compared to military budgets, social security - are tiny and the gained knowledge would do what the Apollo missions did - drive the economy for fifty years! I'd pay a .5% "space" sales tax. I'd donate to NASA directly if it was a little easier (to do so now seems very complicated - but I think you can send them a check?). Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has been making an impassioned plea and I agree with him whole heartedly, and I think we need to stop thinking of space as something frivolous. Have smart people figure out incredibly tough problems - and the innovation will flow like Tang!
Friday, October 12, 2012
That's why the Space Program must go on!
Wes Cox: "That's why the Space Program must go on." Whenever someone would do something innovative or crazy, or innovatively stupid, or ask questions to which there were no answers - why are girls like that? would you die if you jumped off this? etc . . . The answer was a statement - "Well, that's why the space program must go on." It was a statement of faith that if we put some smart guys working on it, we could solve anything. We put a this man on the moon, didn't we?