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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

  Presidential Priorities in space...

I am told that that "vision thing" is happening again... that today, President Bush is supposed to announce plans to return to the moon and put a man on Mars.

I have sort of been aware of this for a long time, and have been doing my best to ignore it. I have enough problems in my life right now... what happens in space is very far away when getting the mortgage paid is my principal concern.

I look forward to reading his speech, though, and reading more about what the actual proposals look like. Maybe there will be a surprise in there... Maybe there will be a slice of the pork left over for asteroid exploration, who knows?

Bonus Link: No Oil on the moon. While I don't agree with the author on (most) points, I AM interested to see how closely his analysis of the justifications for space exploration will be in the speech. It is also not amusing, to me, to see the author drag out the same reasons, yet again, for not exploring space.

It is such an old argument. I am tired of it. So tired...

Update 2:48 PM - I read Bush's speech... I'm so tired... an extra billion for NASA, woopdedoo. Here, NASA, let me write you a check for five bucks, personally. It's the best I can do. (I owe a couple hundred bucks to the government for the war in Iraq, but I am a little behind on my taxes)

Hey, Prez! Did you know that for less than 100mil you could get a spacecraft like the Falcon - unveiled in front of the smithsonian last week - Oh... I take it you were in meetings that day?

To add to today's tale of discouragement read about what happened the last time private industry tried to get into space instead of NASA.

And all this time I thought republicans were the bastions of private industry....

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