February 9, 2010

RAND SIMBERG responds to astronaut Tom Jones. “While my admiration and gratitude to Tom Jones for his service to our nation, both on the planet and off, is unbounded, I believe he is wrong in his description of the new space policy as a ‘path to nowhere.’ In so characterizing it, he falls prey to the same mental traps as many of us have for the past forty years since Apollo, in which we don’t have a real manned space program unless we have something that looks like Apollo—a goal to send a few NASA astronauts to a specific place by a specific date on a really big rocket. Not to mention spending an eye-boggling amount of money on it. In this mind set, anything that doesn’t fit within that model is turning our back on the universe.”

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