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the right people for the job?
vapats   5/5/2015 7:10:27 PM
Well, this is what happens when you have bible-thumping Creationists on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology...

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Re: NASA is broken
vapats   5/5/2015 6:52:44 PM
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If not NASA, then who should do it?  Revamping an aging bureaucracy is one thing, trashing a much-needed science program is another.

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HHGG original radio series
traneus   5/5/2015 6:40:46 PM
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I first encountered Douglas Adams's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in its original BBC radio series. The names of the characters sound marvelous when spoken: Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian, Marvin the Paranoid Android, et cetera.

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Mixed Emotions
Stargzer   5/5/2015 4:42:08 PM
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I have mixed emotions about Earth Science funding.  On the one hand, it doesn't relate to space activities beyond Earth orbit.  On the other hand, it does keep NASA in space and it develops technologies that can be used for interplanetary probes.

As for funding of "Climate Change" I see that as a mandate to expand on dubious research.  The Earth has undergone periods of heat and periods of glaciation.  What caused the glaciers to melt during the Ice Ages?  Mastadon Methane Gas Production? Cro-Magnan campfires?  Methinks all the hot air from these folks is a contributory factor.  Pastafarians believe Global Warming is due to the decreasing number of Pirates since the 1800s, pointing out that  Somalia has "the highest number of pirates and the lowest carbon emissions of any country".

Arrrr, Matey! :-Þ

 

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NASA is broken
perl_geek   5/5/2015 4:10:35 PM
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I have to disagree with the idea that funding NASA's Earth Sciences Division is a good idea. It's not that research into Earth Sciences is a bad thiing; on the contrary. It's just that NASA is the wrong body to do it.

First of all, "NASA" stands for "National Aeronautic and Space Administration".  Their job is to research aeronautics and space flight, so Earth sciences are serious scope creep.

Secondly, NASA is clearly broken, and has been for years. As bureaucracies will, it's become a dysfunctional monster, with multiple layers of managers. Whatever it achieves is due to surviving cells of still competent engineers and scientists who haven't yet been managed into impotence.

The only thing to do with such zombie bodies is stop feeding them brains, and start afresh. (All bureacratic bodies should be founded with built-in self-destruction mechanisms,  the fuse lit at the start.)

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