Feb 9, 2010
The problem with privatization, is once it\'s done, there\'s no going back. On the other hand, if it\'s treated as a way to make money, but with some of the profits sent to scientific research, it could work. The problems arise when it\'s seen as a purely for profit enterprise. Some regulation is required for some funds to be dedicated to public interest research.
I remember posting a response to the show to the effect that I expected NASA to soon team up with the military for funding.
I\'ll take that as a miss with a hint of financial hit.
I\'d heard (rumour mill) that JFK was secretly negotiating with Kruschev to have a joint USA/Soviet moon mission...
Personally speaking I\'m disgusted that funding is being scaled back on extra-terrestrial exploration. Returning to the moon would yield so many scientific and technological benefits that we\'d be stupid not to. There is already work under way on an engine that could, in theory, take payload (including us) to Mars in 47 days! 47 days! Launch that sucker from Lunar with all the water you can carry (courtesy of the Indians of course) and space becomes not only a lot smaller, but a lot cheaper.
All we need now is the Space Elevator...
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