Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Eyes on the ground

In an example of American budgetary priorities NASA has put on hold work on the Terrestrial Planet Finder a proposed space-based observatory that would be able to locate earth-sized planets around other solar systems and the presence (or not) of materials on these planets indicating life, such as methane. Via NASA Watch. Will future generations judge ours as the equivalent of the Chinese who after the great voyages of the 15th century turned back and inward?


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Arthur_Vandelay said...

NASA. Probably among America's greatest contributions to the world and to knowledge. Unfortunately, it belongs to the category of Science--and that, as we know, tends to be on the nose right now among many on the American Right.


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