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Re: The Case For Space

From: Stanton T. Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 21:49:47 -0400
Archived: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 08:27:00 -0500
Subject: Re: The Case For Space


>Source: ForeignAffairs.Com

>http://tinyurl.com/83j9tm8

>March/April 2012

>The Case For Space
>Why We Should Keep Reaching for the Stars
>By Neil deGrasse Tyson

>In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama articulated his vision for
>the future of American space exploration, which included an
>eventual manned mission to Mars. Such an endeavor would surely
>cost hundreds of billions of dollars - maybe even $1 trillion.

>Whatever the amount, it would be an expensive undertaking. In
>the past, only three motivations have led societies to spend
>that kind of capital on ambitious, speculative projects: the
>celebration of a divine or royal power, the search for profit,
>and war.

>Examples of praising power at great expense include the
>pyramids in Egypt, the vast terra-cotta army buried along with
>the first emperor of China, and the Taj Mahal in India.

>Seeking riches in the New World, the monarchs of Iberia funded
>the great voyages of Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand
>Magellan. And military incentives spurred the building of the
>Great Wall of China, which helped keep the Mongols at bay, and
>the Manhattan Project, whose scientists conceived, designed, and
>built the first atomic bomb.

>[Video]

>[More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead]

Let us not forget that Dr. Tyson on the Peter Jennings
mockumentary of Feb. 24, 2005 pointed out that our fastest
spacecraft, Voyager, would take 70,000 years to reach the
nearest star.

He didn't mention that it had no propulsion system.

He also said at Penn State University that the proof
that the government can't keep a secret is how much we know
about President Clinton's genitalia.

In short, research by proclamation, rather than investigation,
is his forte.


Stan Friedman




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