Thanks NASA, now back to outreach!

 

This is truly a great day for NASA, but we must not forget that not so long ago NASA was redirected from Space to:

Michael Sullivan says NASA administrator said main mission is Muslim outreach

And if it were not for the House, there would be more NASA funding targeted at Earth Science (aka: Climate Change):

House bill to cut funding for NASA Earth science to increase space exploration

So let us not forget the current administration’s desired direction for NASA on a great day like today.

But we are fair in our assessments and we must point out that in 2010 the Obama administration did another redirection:

Obama’s Budget Redirects NASA

President Barack Obama redirected America’s space program, killing NASA’s $100 billion plans to return astronauts to the moon and using much of that money for new rocket technology research.

That we feel is a very good direction change. Deep Space is best left to robots not to making sure a toilet can flush in zero-G. Focusing on probes will only enhance our earth based robotic technology and produce  amazing results like New Horizons. To be sure, even on Earth we are focusing on drones – from military use to package delivery – certainly space represents the best place for such technology, not trying to keep a human alive and safe. Adding human life into the equation adds such an overhead in resources and for what benefit? The Man in Space crowd can rarely answer that question with any logic.

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