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July 15, 2009



Decisions like this one are caused by the same thing that caused the first shuttle disaster: politics running a scientific program. As long as most of our commons budget goes to waging war (and "defense") and non-scientists get to make choices about scientific priorities, this kind of exploration will continue to be subject to a two-steps-forward-one-step-back type of progress at best.


One problem with that analysis: most of our budget doesn't go to defense. It goes to domestic spending, which is to say, taking money from some citizens in order to reward others. The appetite for that is bottomless, and there are no voters in space.

Teeth Whitening Blackpool

Science and space theme presented with nice ideas and concepts.

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