19th Mar, 2006

NASA’s dragging their wheel

NASA’s top story is that the Mars Rover Spirit has lost a wheel.  The Mars Rover mission has been a phenomental success –lasting 2 years beyond the original 90 day mission goal.

I’m happy for the success of the rovers, but I think it is pathetic that NASA’s resources are so badly managed that a two-year old mission is still their showcase effort. We should be hearing about many new projects, not breakdowns on old ones. If political maneuvering didn’t keep wasting billions on the space shuttle and the ISS (which were created because they were politically appealing) we might have dozens of missions going right now. Better yet, if they let entrepreneurs keep their money instead of taxing us to death, we might all be buying tickets to space.

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