There’s a report of a rumour that NASA have been told by The One to stop mucking about trying to explore space, and work instead on saving Earth from Global Warming.
I realise that this is likely to send Nick into orbit on a burning column of pure apoplexy. He was really looking forward to spending his declining years paragliding in that delightful retirement spot on Titan.
Looks lovely, Nick. Shame, eh?
It’s probably worth noting that everyone regarded the NASA effort Ares to exemplify the worst of big government procurement – massively over budget and using already outdated technology – and that this doesn’t stop commercial spaceflight efforts. But even so.
It might have been a wasteful way of spending of other people’s money, and it might (had we been American) be that as taxpayers we would be annoyed we didn’t get a choice in the matter, but at least it was being wasted on something we want, as opposed to something we definitely don’t.
There is, on the other hand, a suggestion that some of the money is going to go to commercial space to develop “space taxis”. A lot less money, but in trying to placate the space fans, could Obama have actually made a move in the right direction?! Well, you know what they say about a stopped clock…