In defense of NASA: was Re: Wirin' up blinkenlights

From: Sellam Ismail <>
Date: Thu Jun 8 21:43:34 2000

On Thu, 8 Jun 2000, Paul Braun wrote:

> The space program, while costing the taxpayers a sizable amount
> of money, has produced huge quantities of spinoff projects and
> technologies that have definitely benefitted mankind.

Yeah! Like Tang and Velcro!

> If you take the previous poster's comments back several hundred
> years, the Spanish could have said, "Why should the Queen spend
> our money on that Columbus guy? He's just some obnoxious
> "explorer" who only wants to satisfy his curiosity. What a waste!
> We have everything we need, right here."

Bad example :)
> I've been following the space program for as long as I can
> remember, and it always irritates me when someone says that the
> only reason we're doing it is to make some sci-fi geeks happy.
> Most of the people in the space industry, I would venture to guess,
> are probably not sci-fi nuts but damn good engineers and scientists
> who are gaining a lot of valuable research from NASA and the like.



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