[FPSPACE] NASA cuts global warming research and Lunar mission to send yet...[Scanned by MAIL]
Matula, Thomas L.
MATULAT at uhv.edu
Sat Apr 7 12:04:05 EDT 2007
A 1.7 Billion dollar Mars rover is not a big expense? Gee, I hate to think what you feel a big expensive Mars program is...
Yes, unforunately because of NASA's Mars fixation, and the only place its really popular, U.S. researchers will have to beg rides on foreign lunar missions to do important and critical lunar research.
And missions crtical to human survival like Global Warming and NEO's will continue to be neglected. Which is why they needed to be taken from NASA and given to agencies that will give the high priority they deserve.
From: DSFPortree at aol.com [mailto:DSFPortree at aol.com]
Sent: Sat 4/7/2007 9:00 AM
To: Matula, Thomas L.; FPSPACE at friends-partners.org
Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] NASA cuts global warming research and Lunar mission to send yet...[Scanned by MAIL]
Provocative post, but not grounded in reality. The Mars Program has been cut
and cut - MSL is really all that's left. Mars is politically popular,
scientifically interesting, and culturally relevant. NASA couldn't very well abandon
MSL at this stage.
Guess what - I expect the Mars Program will be at least partly restored as
NASA turns away from the moon in the next couple of years. Looking for life on
Mars is a cheap way for the U.S. to do things in space that Americans and
people around the world see as relevant.
The lunar lander would be a fun thing, but Griffin says it's not entirely
required, which seems to be accurate. Of course, the same can be said for the
entire lunar program.
It is unfortunate about the Earth obs cuts. However, blaming the Mars Program
is like blaming NASA aeronautics, or like blaming school lunch programs for
the Federal deficit. The Mars Program just isn't that big. Why not look for
scapegoats among the programs that dominate the budget, not the incidental
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